Nursing students are required to do many clinical hours based on their program, the Board of Nursing and their accrediting body. During these clinicals, students are faced with challenges that cause safety concerns due to lack of exposure or knowledge regarding policies and procedures. What seems like a simple task, could be life altering because of inadequate competency.
Performing at an expected level of education and demonstrating integration of knowledge, skills, abilities, and judgement defines competency according to the American Nurses Association (ANA) (2018). Nursing programs are expected to produce competent students, and competent nurses upon graduation. Displaying competency in electronic medical record (EMR) systems is necessary for students to adequately participate in clinicals, and complete assignments. Barriers exist for students to have EMR access and training. However, the benefits of EMR training should be prioritized over barriers. Benefits are not limited to, but include accurate documentation, improved decision-making skills, and students report an increased confidence level (Forman et al., 2020). These skills can contribute to the students’ active learning and participation.
Documentation of patient assessments, interventions, care plans, and medication administration all occur in the EMR. The implementation of EMR training for nursing students will focus on these skills so that accurate documentation can occur. Patient safety will also be a focus point. Students will be able to review pertinent medical records in order to make the best decision for patients.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Masters of Science in Nursing Education
Reddock, Ashley, "Improving Clinical Competence With Electronic Medical Record Training in Nursing Students: A Benchmark Study" (2023). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 294.