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Computer Literacy in a Traditional Nursing Program: A 7-Year Study to Identify Computer-Based Skills Needed for Success

Computer Literacy in a Traditional Nursing Program: A 7-Year Study to Identify Computer-Based Skills Needed for Success

Computer literacy is critical to student success in higher education today. Assessment of student knowledge related to computers is generally for either hardware capabilities or overall ability, without an assessment of specific computer competencies. The focus of this study was to identify the literacy level of nursing students over a 7-year period to assess which computer competencies need the most support and development and to determine how literacy levels varied in successive years. A convenience sample (N = 401) of undergraduate nursing students admitted from 1999 to 2005 were given an assessment of computer literacy at the beginning of the upper-division nursing program. Results indicated that the literacy of students increased with each successive group of students. Literacy varied... Show More
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