Assignment: Application: Adoption of New Technology Systems As a nurse

Assignment: Application: Adoption of New Technology Systems
As a nurse, you can have a great impact on the success or
failure of the adoption of EHRs. It is important for nurses to
understand their role as change agents and the ways they can
influence others when addressing the challenges of changing to a
drastically different way of doing things. Everett Rogers, a
pioneer in the field of the diffusion of innovations, identified
five qualities that determine individual attitudes towards adopting
new technology (2003). He theorized that individuals are concerned
1. Relative advantage: The individual adopting the new
innovation must see how it will be an improvement over the old way
of doing things. 2. Compatibility with existing values and
practices: The adopter must understand how the new innovation
aligns with current practices. 3. Simplicity: The adopter must
believe he or she can easily master the new technology; the more
difficult learning the new system appears, the greater the
resistance that will occur. 4. Trialability: The adopter should
have the opportunity to play around with the new technology and
explore its capabilities. 5. Observable results: The adopter must
have evidence that the proposed innovation has been successful in
other situations.
For this Assignment, you assume the role of a nurse facilitator
in a small hospital in upstate New York. You have been part of a
team preparing for the implementation of a new electronic health
records system. Decisions as to the program that will be used have
been finalized, and you are now tasked with preparing the nurses
for the new system. There has been an undercurrent of resistance
expressed by nurses, and you must respond to their concerns. You
have a meeting scheduled with the nurses 1 week prior to the
training on the new EHR system. Consider how you can use the five
qualities outlined by Rogers (2003) to assist in preparing the
nurses for the upcoming implementation.
To prepare:
1. Review the Learning Resources this week about successful
implementations of EHRs. 2. Consider how you would present the new
EHR system to the nurses to win their approval. 3. Reflect on the
five qualities outlined by Rogers. How would addressing each of
those areas improve the likelihood of success?
Write a 3- to 5-page paper which includes the following:
A. Using Rogers (2003) theory as a foundation, outline how you
would approach the meeting with the nurses. Be specific as to the
types of information or activities you could provide to address
each area and include how you would respond to resistance. B.
Analyze the role of nurses as change agents in facilitating the
adoption of new technology.