Identification and conceptualization of nurse super users

J Healthc Inf Manag. 2006 Fall;20(4):60-8.


The purpose of this study is to identify super users from the general nursing population of clinical information systems users. Q-methodology was employed to identify and categorize the viewpoints of the nurses toward the use of these systems. Four factors that represented different views regarding the use of clinical information systems were extracted. This study identifies super users'perception and attitude toward the use of clinical information systems in the workplace. The current literature reflects a weak semantic structure for the term. Thus, the study assists with defining the term "super user." Healthcare organizations can use this information to identify individuals who have the ability and attitude to function as a super user. These individuals can be more accurately and efficiently extracted from a general registered nurse population to give them more extensive training and to strategically position them within clinical operations.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Computers*
  • Data Collection
  • Humans
  • Models, Statistical
  • Nursing Informatics*
  • Nursing Staff*
  • United States