Author ORCID Identifier 0000-0001-5227-639X

Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Modupeola Adebayo, DNP, MSN, RN

Second Advisor

Sarah Killian, DNP, RN, NEA-BC



Purpose: Competency in the nursing profession is a term many nurses are familiar with as it correlates to the ability to perform a task successfully. Nursing skills such as mixing insulin, giving an intramuscular injection, or taking manual blood pressure are all examples of skills evaluated during nursing school to determine the nursing students’ competency level. In addition to these nursing skills, informatics competency using an electronic medical record (EMR) should be assessed as well. The goal of the project is to gain significant insight for informatics curriculum development across and within undergraduate programs at a university in Southwest Georgia (SWGAU).

Background: Currently, a new academic electronic medical record (AEMR) called Docucare has been initiated at SWGAU. Informatics competency skills checkoff on the new AEMR are not being assessed with first-year nursing students.

Methods: Conceptual and theoretical frameworks were appraised to bring theory to practice implementing the proposed project. Patricia Benner’s Novice to Expert Theory and the Implementation Research Logic Model were analyzed and correlated to AEMR competency with first-year nursing students. The Plan Do Study Act method, along with the Tiger-based Assessment of Nursing Informatics Competencies (TANIC) tool were utilized to implement the simulation event.

Results: The results of the project demonstrate the importance of informatics in nursing school and indicated a significant improvement after AEMR education in a simulation activity in first-year nursing students, especially related to the clinical data management area of focus.

Conclusion: As technology changes in healthcare, it is vital academic settings should focus on improving informatics knowledge and competencies to guide nursing curriculum development.


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