Implementing Electronic Health Records in Nursing Education


  • Annette Jenkins
  • Phyllis Eide
  • Denise Smart
  • Laura Wintersteen-Arleth


Registered Nurses (RNs) make up the largest group of healthcare workers that use electronic health records in the United States, yet many nursing schools do not have electronic health record training in their curricula.  An academic electronic health record (AEHR) used within the nursing curriculum will prepare new nurses to use electronic documentation in a way that will provide safe, quality care, and enable necessary financial reimbursement. To determine the benefits and barriers to implementing an AEHR in prelicensure nursing curricula, a review of the current literature was undertaken in widely recognized databases. The findings were organized using Sittig and Singh’s 8-Dimensional Model of Sociotechnical Change as a framework.

Recommendations guided by the literature review include how to use an AEHR in prelicensure nursing courses found in one university’s curriculum.  By systematically addressing and mitigating barriers to implementing an AEHR, faculty in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs will be empowered to make this change to curricula. Innovative use of the AEHR throughout the curriculum can be facilitated by understanding where best to insert this content.