Date of Graduation

Summer 8-20-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Cathy Coleman


The call for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) and its universal benefits are well known. Despite mandates for change resistance to adoption of paper-less system remains problematic. Non-use of the EHR has persisted in the outpatient specialty care setting in spite of 4 all-staff trainings and stakeholder backing. This project suggests that implementing team leadership and educational tools provides staff with confidence and supportive resources to achieve proficiency. Objectives for this project include (a) providing staff with training and tools to access self-guided troubleshooting videos, follow quick-guide checklists for crucial tasks, and provide handouts for patient portal access, (b) verifying competency to complete role specific tasks, and (c) enhance morale. As of August 2017, 100% of staff were able to able to demonstrate self-efficacy to perform basic EHR functions and access resources. Data comparison of pre-/post-implementation survey data reveals staff self-confidence in EHR use increased from 40% to 90%. Staff feelings of support related using the software platform increased from 60% to 95%. Further research is recommended to promote understanding of how microsystems with limited resources can achieve meaningful use of EHRs, promote staff engagement, and achieve financial benefits.

Included in

Nursing Commons