A study to assess the community hospital nurses use of electronic health records and views of the impact of such records on job performance and patient outcomes has shown that nurses prefer electronic records to paper charts and are comfortable with technology kossman and scheidenhelm 2008. The american nurses associations ana 2008 nursing informatics scope and standards of practice describes nursing informatics as integrating nursing science computer and information science and cognitive science to manage communicate and expand the data information knowledge and wisdom of nursing practice. Nursing informatics can also be defined as any use of information technology by nurses for the purpose of enhanced patient outcomes the management of healthcare facilities nurse education and nursing research. The use of computer and information technology to support an electronic health record ehr is quickly becoming a standard practice in health care for nurses and other health care team members the use. For example in a study of implementation of a nursing documentation information technology system the investigators found that adoption was influenced by a number of attributes of the nurses including commitment to nursing care planning and written documentation acceptance of computers in nursing computer and typing skills professional
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