Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Deb A. Lewis
A need for improvement in nursing education regarding inpatient workflows and informatics skills was identified at this project site. Upon hire, nurses were required to complete a 4-hour basic class on the electronic health record (EHR) system, but this class did not include inpatient-nursing workflows needed to provide and facilitate care for patients. This project addressed the lack of EHR education on inpatient nursing workflows. The focus of this staff education project was an education class on inpatient nursing workflow provided to a nurse residency class. Sources of evidence were obtained through a literature search and pretest/post test data analysis. The literature used to support the project included articles on best practices for EHR education for nursing. The pretest and post test design was used to determine if there was an increase in EHR knowledge after the education. Benner's novice-to- expert model served as the framework. The mean total proficiency scores on inpatient nursing workflows in the EHR improved from pretesting to post testing, (6.8 to 7.8, p = 0.048). The study findings showed improvement in participants' average proficiency, knowledge, and clinical skills in the EHR. This project findings demonstrated the need for an inpatient nursing informatics workflow class for all nursing staff, and the findings supported an increase in education to facilitate workflow and care safety. This project promotes positive social change by improving curricula, raising awareness of how technology affects clinical care and practice, and encouraging continuous quality improvement through informatics education.