|Need Assessment for Nursing Informatics Curriculum in Iran: An Application of the Delphi Technique|
|Arghavan Afra1, Nasrin Elahi1, Mostafa Langarizadeh2, Ali Beirami Pour3|
|1Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing Care Research Center in Chronic Diseases, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
2Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Educational Programming Department, Educational Sciences & Psychology Faculty, Shahid Chamran University of ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran
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Keywords : Nursing Informatics, Delphi Technique, Nursing Skills
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Objectives :The progresses in information and communication technology, increased medical and nursing knowledge, the need for new methods for processing information and maintaining and retrieving them for the production of new knowledge and also the economic benefits of the use of information and communication technology are the reasons for the importance of nursing informatics. This study was conducted with the aim at determining the skills of nursing informatics and need assessment for nursing informatics curriculum in Iran.
Materials and Methods:It was a mixed method study using Delphi technique. The research population included nursing and medical informatics specialists who were a member of the faculty of medical universities of the country with Ph.D. degree. Targeted and snowball method was done through sampling, and 45 people participated in this study. The data collection was first carried out on the basis of a review of the texts and a review of global experiences and then, using the Delphi method, and by sending a researcher made questionnaire through email in two steps. Focus group comments were used to complete and finalize the skills.
Results: 81% of the experts considered the design of a course in informatics nursing essential and, expressed their positive views on nursing informatics and considered it as a missing link in the application of information knowledge in nursing, complementary, positive and useful, contributing to beneficial changes in nursing, the hidden potential for innovation and promotion of health, and the basis for the professional development of existing knowledge. Nursing informatics skills were designed with 28 items in 4 domains. The role of Graduates was determined in the areas of care with 6 tasks, training with 5 tasks, research with 5 tasks, and management with 5 main tasks.
Conclusion: Findings show the importance of nursing informatics in the areas of training, research, management and clinical education Also the results showed that designing nursing informatics curriculum in Master Degrees is a necessity which was approved by Nursing and Informatics Medical Experts.The findings of this study can be used to plan curriculum design in the field of informatics nursing.
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