Original Article

Configuring a computer‑based nursing process form to support nursing diagnosis in rural healthcare clinics in Nigeria

Chinemerem Eleke, Ada C. Nwaner, Joy C. Samuel, Sabinah Ngbala‑Okpabi, Ifeyinwa S. Agu, Damiete M. Amachree, Tex‑Jack Dokuba
Journal of Public Health in Africa | Vol 14, No 10 | a75 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2023.2359 | © 2024 Chinemerem Eleke, Ada C. Nwaner, Joy C. Samuel, Sabinah Ngbala‑Okpabi, Ifeyinwa S. Agu, Damiete M. Amachree, Tex‑Jack Dokuba | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 March 2024 | Published: 30 October 2023

About the author(s)

Chinemerem Eleke, Department of Nursing Science, University of Port Harcourt; and, Africa Center for Excellence in Public Health and Toxicological Research, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Ada C. Nwaner, Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, Nigeria
Joy C. Samuel, Department of Nursing Science, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Sabinah Ngbala‑Okpabi, Department of Nursing Science, University of Port Harcourt; and, Africa Center for Excellence in Public Health and Toxicological Research, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Ifeyinwa S. Agu, Department of Nursing Science, Abia State University Uturu, Nigeria
Damiete M. Amachree, Department of Nursing Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Tex‑Jack Dokuba, Rivers State School of Midwifery, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Abstract

Poor internet infrastructure limits the use of computer-based nursing process forms in rural areas. This study aimed to configure a computer‑based nursing process form to support nursing diagnosis and care evaluation in rural healthcare clinics in Africa. This study utilized a methodological design. The design process utilized a three-stage procedure involving planning, configuration, and testing. Seven faculty members volunteered to participate in the laboratory verification process. Each simulation session lasted 45 min and span from patient admission to exit. The experts independently scored the software functionality dichotomously as Not Suitable (score 0) and Suitable (score 1) for nursing practice. The agreement between the faculty volunteers was 0.857. The configuration of a readily available Microsoft Access computer application to support nursing diagnosis without internet service is possible. Health facilities in rural areas without internet connectivity should resort to such local configurations to maximize the benefits of electronic‑based documentation.

Keywords

computer; diagnosis; internet; nursing; rural

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