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In the past two decades, computer literacy courses have not been part of the nursing curricula. Computer courses are offered by the State Information Technology Agency. Despite this, there seems to be limited use of computers by professional nurses in the rural context. The study discusses factors inhibiting computer usage for work-related tasks among computer-literate professional nurses within rural healthcare facilities in South Africa.

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Our findings show that contributing factors were lack of information technology infrastructure, restricted access to computers, and deficits in regard to technical and nursing management support. The physical location of computers within the healthcare facilities and lack of relevant software emerged as specific obstacles to usage.


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This page is a summary of: Computer usage among nurses in rural health-care facilities in South Africa: obstacles and challenges, Journal of Nursing Management, November 2011, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01315.x.
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