Date of Award

Spring 1996

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Coenen, Amy

Second Advisor

Malin, Michelle

Third Advisor

Daley, Barbara

Abstract

Computerized information systems (CIS) are used by nurses to manage clinical and administrative information. Viewed as innovations in the health care arena, nurse adoption of CIS is essential in promoting efficient and effective delivery of care, ultimately impacting on the quality of nursing practice. The purpose of this study was to examine factors related to the adoption of an innovation after it was introduced to registered nurses in a hospital setting. The innovation was a CIS application. The research questions examined the relationships between individual adopter characteristics (age, tenure in organization, attitude toward change, education level, and use of communication mechanisms), technological characteristics (advantage, complexity, and need), organizational characteristics (centralization, and member values) and innovation adoption (satisfaction). A non experimental descriptive design was used for this study. The setting was a 600+ bed teaching hospital in a midwestern metropolitan city. The target population was all registered nurses (RN) with the sample for this study being RNs who worked on a specific unit within the department of nursing. The sample was considered a convenience, non-probability sample. Analysis utilized descriptive statistics and Pearson r. Results yielded a statistically significant correlation between member values and innovation adoption suggesting that values held by peers may facilitate nurse adoption of a CIS. Recommendations for nurse administrators, educators, practitioners, and further research were included.

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