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This study Conducted descriptive research to assess the level of skills nursing informatics competencies at Community Hospitals of Ministry of Public Health in the northeast of Thailand. The sample size were 198 persons, randomized through the utilization of a stratified sampling method. The instruments used were: 1) a personal data questionnaire consisting of age, education level and experience with using computers. 2) A questionnaire regarding individual competency in nursing informatics. 3) An open questionnaire on problems, obstacles and suggestions related to informatics utilization. The instruments were checked for content validity and language suitability by 3 experts. Analyzed Item-Total Correlation was 0.72 and try-out in 30 samples. The reliability was measured to be 0.97 with Cronbach's alpha coefficient. The questionnaires were sent to participants via postal service and all were returned. The returned data were analyzed through the use of SPSS software, using frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation.
The results of this study revealed that the performance of nursing informatics at work. The results showed that the highest scores occurred for awareness of the importance of collecting information on nursing information. At the high level ( = 4.30, SD = 0.56), the mean of data transmission via Email was very high ( = 4.17, SD = 0.73). However, the program's ability to develop nursing information systems was low ( = 2.00, SD = 1.09) and the management in information security of the system to protect the confidentiality of computer information was at a moderate level ( =3.26, S.D. = 0.95