With the growth of Faith Community Nursing (FCN), one topic that needs further exploration is documentation. This includes the use of electronic medical records (EMRs). Nurses play a vital role in the planning and implementation of EMRs in the acute care setting and will also play a key role in Faith Community Nursing Programs that stand alone or partner with a health care agency. Individual computer expertise and/or attitude and knowledge of EMRs could be important in the successful implementation. Researchers utilized a modified version of the EMR questionnaire designed by Beiter and colleagues to examine nurses’ knowledge and attitudes regarding EMRs. Findings indicated as age increased, the level of experience regarding EMRs decreased. No difference was noted between the computer skills of RNs with an ADN and RNs with a BSN degree, but LPNs rated themselves as having higher computer skills than RNs. No statistical significance was noted regarding thoughts on saving time and reducing cost and other variables. Licensed practical nurses, more than RNs, indicated believing that EMRs have a positive effect on nurse-patient relationships. As implementation of EMRs occurs, plans for more training might be needed for certain groups of employees.
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