COVID-19 reveals the urgent need to strengthen nursing informatics competencies: a view from Peru

Walter H. Curioso, William R. Peña-Ayudante, Elsa Oscuvilca-Tapia

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The COVID-19 pandemic requires an urgent action to transform health-care delivery and to promote research and capacity-building nursing programs. Specifically, many countries at the global level have described nursing informatics as an essential competence for nurse professionals. In Peru, nursing personnel represents the largest health workforce group and nursing informatics is still emerging, but the field appear to hold much promise. In this sense, the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MoH) defined in 2020 the core nursing competences, which included a technology and innovation domain. The competence established to apply scientifically based technology and innovation to improve the processes or health service resources. The minimum competencies established by the MoH were as follows: to carry out innovations in processes or resources in their different professional performance areas, to creatively adapt technology in different areas of professional performance, to make rational and ethical use of health technologies with focus on new developments that will be evaluated and applied critically, and to manage information and communication technologies, and health information systems, with emphasis on telehealth (i.e. telemedicine, telecare management, tele-education, and tele-training). Besides the nursing competences defined by the MoH is a good starting point, this special contribution discusses the urgent need to strengthen nursing informatics competencies in Peru.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalInformatics for Health and Social Care
Issue number3
StateIndexed - 2021

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  • COVID-19
  • Nursing
  • Peru
  • capacity-building
  • education
  • informatics
  • telehealth


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