They do exist, hence the reason for the questioning. My school has used it for 3 semesters now. And there are other ones out there, at least 4-5 that I know of.
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In general, I think the younger generations tend to have more hands-on experience with computers and technology than older employees, and it's easier for them to navigate and gain proficiency with an electronic system. I think there are much more important things that students should be learning in nursing school then how to use an electronic charting system that they likely will never use again after school.
Your first statement is true, generally speaking. Many of the students picked up the system faster than the faculty. But you must remember, not every nursing student is 'young'.
Compare it to the anxiety many students feel when having to take the NCLEX on the computer, if they have only had paper-and-pen (or Scantron) exams. This is the reason many schools have introduced computerized testing in some way.
And you are correct, they will not use the same system when they graduate. In a four semester program, they will go to four different clinical sites, each one likely having a different EHR system. When you get your first job, you will learn a new system. When you switch jobs, you will likely learn a new system again. It's just the way it is. It's like your cell phone
, facebook updates, or even allnurses! We adapt, don't we?
And it's not just about being computer savvy, it's about what you're documenting. Let's be honest, would you rather write an old, antiquated careplan every week, or do a flowsheet-style document to electronically hand in to your professor? Which seems like more of a valuable tool?