Computer literacy in nursing: developing the information technology syllabus in nursing education

J Adv Nurs. 1997 Feb;25(2):377-85. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1997.1997025377.x.


This study has two main purposes: first, to identify and describe the computer skills required in nursing; and second, to find out what should be taught about information technology in nursing education. A three-round Delphi survey was carried out with a panel of experts representing nursing practice, nursing education, nurse students and consumers. The panel showed a consensus of opinion on 71% of the items included in the questionnaire designed for the study. The experts agreed that nurses must know how to use the computer for word-processing purposes, for accessing and using the hospital information system, and for e-mailing. Nurses must also be aware of system security and show a positive attitude towards computers. It is concluded that hospital information systems and nursing informatics should be integrated into laboratory and hospital training.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Computers
  • Computer Literacy*
  • Curriculum
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Delphi Technique
  • Education, Nursing* / statistics & numerical data
  • Finland
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics / education*
  • Medical Informatics / statistics & numerical data
  • Professional Competence / statistics & numerical data