Tools for Competency Self Assessment
The Nursing Informatics Self Assessment section of this site was created to offer registered nurses an online tool for self assessment in general Nursing Informatics competencies. Various competency taxonomies have been reviewed and integrated in the process. The intention of this work is to give you a preliminary analysis of your current expertise and learning needs in the realm of informatics in nursing. The results of this assessment do not represent testing or examinations offered by any informatics - related organization or particular school. This is purely a professional development exercise in self assessment for the purpose of assisting you in creating a personal learning plan for further education and practice.
Technical competencies are related to the actual psychomotor use of computers and other technological equipment. Specific nursing informatics competencies include the ability to use selected applications in a comfortable and knowledgeable way. It is important that nurses feel confident in their use of computers and software in the practice setting, especially at the bedside, in order to be able to attend to the client at the same time. Read more....
Utility competencies are related to the process of using computers and other technological equipment within nursing practice, education, research and administration. Specific nursing informatics competencies include the process of applying evidenced based practice, critical thinking, and accountability in the use of selected applications in a comfortable and knowledgeable way. Read more....
Leadership competencies are related to the ethical and management issues related to using computers and other technological equipment within nursing practice, education, research and administration. Specific nursing informatics competencies include the process of applying accountability, client privacy and confidentiality and quality assurance in documentation in the use of selected applications in a comfortable and knowledgeable way. Read more....
P.A.T.C.H. Assessment Scale
I created the P.A.T.C.H. (Pretest for Attitudes Toward Computers in Healthcare) in 1996 to help my students explore their feelings about learning to use computers both in education and healthcare. This scale focuses on attitudes and feelings about using computers in the practice setting.You may download a paper copy of the P.A.T.C.H. to complete by hand with the Competencies Plan Or, you can securely complete and score the assessment scale online.in the Learning Center