Article Title

Integrating information literacy across a BSN curriculum..

Journal Title/Source

Journal of Nursing Education

Publication Date

2-2010

Volume

49

Issue (if applicable)

2

Page Numbers

101-104

DOI (if applicable)

http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20091023-01

Document Type

Journal Article

Department

School of Nursing

Abstract

Although research regarding effective informatics teaching strategies is sparse and informatics competencies have not yet been finalized, nurse educators have been challenged to include informatics throughout the curriculum. Nurse educators are confronted with how best to incorporate informatics into an already burgeoning curriculum. This article offers a systematic approach to incorporating information literacy, a vital component of informatics, across a baccalaureate of science in nursing curriculum. Motivated by the Institute of Medicine report, guided by the initial Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform competency framework, and using the specific Quality and Safety Education for Nurses informatics competencies, the proposed integrated approach emphasizes clinical applications. The five assignments are designed to incrementally increase students' abilities to recognize the need for information (i.e., knowledge); advance students' abilities to locate, evaluate, and use information (i.e., skills); and foster a positive appreciation for information literacy (i.e., attitudes) when planning safe, effective patient care.

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