— This study was undertaken to clarify the present situation and problems of the utilization of electronic medical records by head nurses, the types of nursing information that they process, and the ways to use the information. Five head nurses who worked in one of four acute care hospitals where electronic medical records had been introduced were recommended by their directors of nursing as high performers. After explaining the purpose and method of the study in writing, we interviewed them. We asked the participants to state their opinions freely from perspectives of gathering, organizing, analyzing, managing, using, and disseminating information that they processed on a daily basis. Results revealed that they were able to make active use of electronic medical records, but they suffered inconvenience from insufficient environmental improvement. Head nurses were found to be groping to ascertain what they should read from the large amount of information that they processed, what analyzable and usable data were included, and how to analyze the data concretely.
— Management, head nurse, nursing information, information literacy.
Takako Izumi is with Morinomiya University of Medical Sciences, Japan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Yukie Majima is with Osaka Prefecture University, Japan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Takako Izumi and Yukie Majima, " Present Situation and Problems in Information Utilization by Head Nurses," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 52-56, 2015.