Date of Award

Spring 5-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Human Capital Development


Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

Committee Chair

Heather Annulis

Committee Chair Department

Human Capital Development

Committee Member 2

Cyndi Gaudet

Committee Member 2 Department

Human Capital Development

Committee Member 3

Quincy Brown

Committee Member 3 Department

Human Capital Development

Committee Member 4

Patti Phillips

Committee Member 4 Department

Human Capital Development


The increased use of information systems (IS) in healthcare institutions, federal health information technology (IT) policy mandating the use of information systems in patient care, and the nursing informatics agenda force healthcare organizations to address the informatics competency of its workforce (Murphy, 2010). This study validates IT competencies for Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Specialists and determines self-directed, informal learning strategies for developing information technology competency. The NPD Specialist is responsible for the professional development of nursing caregivers in healthcare settings.

This study validated 53 IT competencies for the NPD Specialist role in healthcare settings. The validated competencies include current healthcare technology, federal health IT policy, evidence-based practice, and other necessary topics within healthcare. This study regarded 41 competencies (of the 53 validated IT competencies) as high importance, or essential, to the NPD Specialists role in healthcare settings today. Strategies were also identified for developing the essential IT competencies. The NPD Specialists and leaders within healthcare organizations can use the validated essential IT competencies and development strategies from this study to build IT competency amongst its workforce (ANA, 2010).