Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to understand the expectation of the advanced practice nursesí meaningful application of electronic health record (EHR).
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to evaluate differences in advanced practice nursesí meaningful application of electronic health record (EHR).
Methods: A quantitative, non-experimental research method was used. A random sampling of APNs employed in the U.S. southern region was selected. An online survey was used to collect data about EHR use; 526 individuals responded to the survey. To investigate the differences between APN EHR-users vs. non-users, a chi-square test for categorical variables was used and the nonparametric test of Mann-Whitney U Test for continuous variables. To determine APNs’ socio-demographics and practice characteristics associated with the use of EHRs, a multivariate logistic regression was used. An alpha level of 0.05 was used for all statistical tests.
Results: The results were two thirds of the APNs were EHR-users; however, there were no statistically significant differences in meaningful use of EHRs (e.g. prescription refill, laboratory report, talking to pharmacist, and care transition) between APN users and non-users.
Conclusion: The conclusions are that one third of the APNs are EHR non-users. Therefore, more information is needed to determine adapting EHR systems to their workflow and choosing systems that facilitate clinical usefulness.