Development of a Standardized Curriculum for Nursing Informatics in Korea

Myonghwa Park, Bonkhe Brian Dlamini, Jahyeon Kim, Min Jung Kwak, Insook Cho, Mona Choi, Jisan Lee, Yul Ha Min, Bu Kyung Park, Seonah Lee

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Objectives: This study explored the current status of nursing informatics education in South Korea and developed a standardized curriculum for it. Methods: Data were collected in two stages: first, an online survey conducted from December 2020 to February 2021 among 60 nursing schools to analyze the current status of nursing informatics education; and second, a two-round Delphi survey with 15 experts from March to April 2021 to determine the mean and standard deviation of the demand for each learning objective in nursing informatics education. A standardized curriculum proposal was developed based on the results of the two-round Delphi survey. Results: Nursing informatics was most commonly taught in the fourth year (34%), with two credits. The proportion of elective major subjects was high in undergraduate and graduate programs (77.4% and 78.6%, respectively), while the proportion of nursing informatics majors was low (21.4%). The curriculum developed included topics such as nursing information system-related concepts, definitions and components of healthcare information systems, electronic medical records, clinical decision support systems, mobile technology and health management, medical information standards, personal information protection and ethics, understanding of big data, use of information technology in evidence-based practice, use of information in community nursing, genome information usage, artificial intel-ligence clinical information systems, administrative management systems, and information technology nursing education. Conclusions: Nursing informatics professors should receive ongoing training to obtain recent medical information. Further review and modification of the nursing informatics curriculum should be performed to ensure that it remains up-to-date with recent developments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-354
Number of pages12
JournalHealthcare Informatics Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study is supported by Chungnam National University.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Korean Society of Medical Informatics.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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