Educating Nurses to Support Digital Health
Canada’s healthcare system is undergoing a digital revolution. The technology is new, but it must be used by the existing health workforce. It’s time to examine nursing curriculum and rethink how best to support nursing students in the development of in-depth information and communication technology (ICT) skill sets.
This learning should deliver foundational knowledge of relevant devices, software/applications, data standards, regulations, principles of digital design and evaluation and the vital importance of digital literacy in supporting patient care. Students and practising nurses need to prepare to partner with patients who want to access their electronic records in their self-care management. Patient issues may include initial access, interpreting data, record navigation, user-interface challenges, privacy concerns and proxy access for caregivers.