Developing an Evidence-Based Curriculum Designed to Help Psychiatric Nurses Learn to Use Computers and the Internet

Marita Koivunen, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki, Tiina Jakobsson, Anneli Pitkänen

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This article describes the systematic process in which an evidence-based approach was used to develop a curriculum designed to support the computer and Internet skills of nurses in psychiatric hospitals in Finland. The pressure on organizations to have skilled and motivated nurses who use modern information and communication technology in health care organizations has increased due to rapid technology development at the international and national levels. However, less frequently has the development of those computer education curricula been based on evidence-based knowledge. First, we identified psychiatric nurses' learning experiences and barriers to computer use by examining written essays. Second, nurses' computer skills were surveyed. Last, evidence from the literature was scrutinized to find effective methods that can be used to teach and learn computer use in health care. This information was integrated and used for the development process of an education curriculum designed to support nurses' computer and Internet skills.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-314
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer
  • Evidence-based education
  • Internet
  • Psychiatric nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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