Core competencies for nurses using technology as a way to provide healthcare to patients remotely

C.T.M. Houwelingen, van, A.H. Moerman, H.S.M. Kort, Th.J. Cate, ten

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Abstract

Introduction: eHealth, the use of IT to enhance patients’ health and well-being, is seen as a possible solution to meet the increasing demand for care1. Unfortunately, several barriers impede the full implementation and potential of this healthcare technology2. The current study focuses on one barrier: too often nurses have insufficient skills and knowledge to work effectively with eHealth3. The objective of this study was identifying knowledge, skills and attitudes nurses need when they use technology as a way to provide healthcare to patients remotely. Method: based on an analysis of the Dutch’ nursing profile and ‘body of knowledge and skills’4, 14 ‘entrustable professional nursing eHealth activities’ were composed, for example: providing psychosocial support via videoconferencing. In a 3-round Delphi-study, a panel of 51 experts (nurses, lecturers, clients and technicians, all familiar with eHealth) reached consensus on what knowledge, skills and attitudes are required to entrust a nurse with the 14 different eHealth tasks. Experts introduced competencies based on their experience and selected competencies from a list, based on literature. A threshold of 80% was used for consensus. Results: Consensus was reached on the importance of all 14 nursing eHealth activities. Each activity requires a particular set of competencies, which will be discussed. Overall, coaching skills, the ability to combine clinical experience with eHealth, communication skills, clinical knowledge, ethical awareness, and a supportive attitude were seen as core competencies. Conclusion: eHealth requires specific competencies. These findings can be used by nursing schools considering to include or expand eHealth in their curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Integrative Nursing Symposium, 18-20 May 2015, Reykjavik, Iceland
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event1st International Integrative Nursing Symposium, May 18-20, 2015, Reykjavík, Iceland - Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 18 May 201520 May 2015
http://integrativenursing2015.is/

Conference

Conference1st International Integrative Nursing Symposium, May 18-20, 2015, Reykjavík, Iceland
Country/TerritoryIceland
CityReykjavík
Period18/05/1520/05/15
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