National League of NursingNational League of Nursing

The Voice of Nursing Education

Computer Literacy

Definition

Computer literacy is a set of skills that allows individuals to use computer technology to accomplish tasks (ANA, 2001, p.25). Computer literacy content focuses on computer basics and the use of generic software applications such as word processing, databases, presentation software, and the use of electronic communication such as email.

Reference

American Nurses Association. (2001). Scope and standards of nursing informatics practice. Washington, DC: American Nurses Publishing.


Resources

Joos, I., Nelson, R. & Smith, M. (2009). Introduction to Computers for Healthcare Professionals. : Fifth Edition. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

http://www.icdlus.com/
International Computer Driver’s License: United States

http://www.dprcertification.com/
Digital Patient Record Certification

www.cod.edu/software/TLC
TLC Medical Center. This software can be used by students and professionals to become comfortable with the use of computers in clinical settings. The software can be purchased or there is a free demo available for download.

www.ecdl.nhs.uk/
NHS Connecting for Health manages the NHS Essential IT Skills (ECDL) Service. This offers essential IT learning materials and testing to NHS employees across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.