The purpose of this project is to design, develop and implement a nursing faculty development program based on documented educational and clinical practice needs in the use of simulated learning, informatics and telehealth. This initiative will allow for the development of a multi-institutional collaborative experience with the expertise to provide ongoing education and support of faculty in the use of information and other technologies for nursing education and practice.
This program will be offered primarily to colleges and schools of nursing that have not had the opportunities or resources to educate their faculty in the principles of informatics technology. Participation will be open to all nursing faculty within the region, but preference for inclusion will be giving to faculty who teach primarily underserved populations and communities.
Public Health Relevance
Nursing graduates must have basic competence in technical skills, which includes the use of computers, as well as the application of patient care technologies such as data gathering devices and decisional support software. In addition, use of simulation is vital as a strategy to augment clinical learning and complement direct patient care opportunities. The potential for informatics to enhance the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare delivery has been well documented but there has been limited analysis of its impact on the clinical education of health professions students. Many programs of nursing do not include informatics content in the core courses.