Attitudes Toward Information Technology Among Operating Theatre Nurses in Sri Lanka
Incorporating the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) into everyday professional practice requires nurses to overcome resistance to change and to become willing users and creative operators of IT. Managing the change process effectively while implementing eHealth (e.g., Hospital Information Systems) within the operating theatre environment can facilitate the efficient delivery of quality patient care. Aim: To describe the uses of and attitudes toward current IT by operating theatre nurses at The National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL). Methods: The research used a descriptive design and survey method. The study population was theatre nurses working in 16 theatres. A convenience sample of 112 nurses selected from the 16 theatres was used. Nurses with a service period over 20 years were excluded. Data were gathered with a self-administered questionnaire. Results: The response rate was 97 of 112 (87%). The study found that nurses were highly confident in using computers, touch screens, the Internet and email. Almost 80% of theatre nurses used computer technology for their work and personal matters. However only 60% of the nurses had personal email addresses. Furthermore, 79% of nurses believed that computers would reduce paper work. Conclusion: Most operating theatre nurses possess a positive attitude toward advances that use IT applications. This may be due to the growing presence and accessibility of IT in their work environment, which has added value in their day to day practice in the hospital. To facilitate ongoing growth in use of IT in Sri Lanka, continuing education opportunities for operating theatre and other nurses should be pursued.
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