A Qualitative Case Study Exploring Nurse Engagement With Electronic Health Records and E-Prescribing

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Abstract

There is a national focus on the adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs) with electronic prescribing (e-Rx) for the goal of providing safe and quality care. Although there is a large body of literature on the benefits of adoption, there is also increasing evidence of the unintentional consequences resulting from use. As little is known about how use of EHR with e-Rx systems affects the roles and responsibilities of nurses, the purpose of this qualitative case study was to describe how nurses adapt to using an EHR with e-Rx system in a rural ambulatory care practice. Six themes emerged from the data. Findings revealed that nurses adjust their routine in response to providers’ preferential behavior about EHR with e-Rx systems yet retained focus on the patient and care coordination. Although perceived as more efficient, EHR with e-Rx adoption increased workload and introduced safety risks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-951
Number of pages17
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Volume37
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 19 2015

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Electronic Prescribing
Electronic Health Records
Nurses
Nurse's Role
Quality of Health Care
Ambulatory Care
Workload
Patient Care
Safety

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