The P.A.T.C.H. Assessment scale sample essay

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For this assignment you will complete the P.A.T.C.H. Assessment scale. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT THE ACTUAL ASSESSMENT. You will use the assessment to answer the following questions: What was your personal score on the P.A.T.C.H. assessment? Do you agree with this score, or do you feel more or less comfortable with computers than your score indicates? Support your answer.

My score on the P.A.T.C.H assessment was 78.5/100. I agree with this score and the interpretation provided for this score as I know I am comfortable with computers but still have some things I need to learn. I know how to proficiently use Microsoft as a whole (including Word, Powerpoint, etc.), find just about anything on the internet and basic computer knowledge. I need more help when it comes to things such as troubleshooting and advanced program settings.

What is your average level of computer literacy? That is, for the nursing informatics competencies (Part A), did you score mostly As, Bs, Cs, or Ds? Do you agree with this score, or do you feel you are more or less computer literate than your score indicates? Support your answer.

My average grade level of computer literacy was As. I don’t agree with this, I feel I am much more comfortable with working with computers The A rating stand for no experience or novice and I disagree with that in my case. MY second highest rating was Ds and I do agree with that more than being novice with computers. A lot of the applications on the self assessment are not ones that I use very often and that may be the reason I scored highly as novice. Of the computer applications that I do use a lot, I feel I am very proficient in those specifically.

Begin to develop a plan of action to reach your desired level of computer literacy. From section B of the P.A.T.C.H. assessment, select at least 5 topics that you would like to focus on. THIS LIST MUST INCLUDE NURSING INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND KEEPING CURRENT WITH NURSING INFORMATICS TRENDS. Briefly discuss (one paragraph each) what you will do to develop your desired level of literacy with these topics.

In the nursing informatics systems application I would like to become proficient. Right now I rated myself as competent. I will become proficient by asking for help with the things I don’t know how to already accomplish. At my workplace we have “superusers” who are staff that have gone through extensive training on the informatics system and are a resource to other staff. I will ask my manager how I can become one of those superusers so I can become proficient myself and help my co-workers.

In the keeping current with nursing informatics trends, I would like to become proficient. I would say I’m pretty close already. I will do this by attending all trainings and seminars offered for the informatics systems in use. I will also read and follow the directions in all emails pertaining to the informatics systems such as updates and downtimes.

In the hospital information systems application I would like to become a skilled user. I am currently a comfortable user. I will do this by first figuring out what other systems the hospital uses, then learning the ins and outs of other information systems, besides the main one used for nursing. This is important for my career path because I hope to work in a hospital once I become an RN.

In the electronic medication system application I would like to at least become a competent user. I will do this by seeking help from current RNs at my job that use this application daily. As an aide, we don’t need to know how to use this application because we don’t pass medication, but I would like to learn how to use it now so when I become an RN , that will be one less thing I need to learn. I will also explore the electronic medication system myself first before asking for assistance just to get the feel of it.

I would like to become a skilled user in the electronic health records application. I am already fairly skilled at this application because I use it daily but there are multiple tasks I don’t know how to complete currently. I usually work as an aide in the hospital but sometimes I fill in as an emergency room tech and they do more with the EHR than I do as an aide. I will start there with having other ERTs help me navigate through the EHR then attend an education course for help with EHRs and ask how to complete the specific tasks that I don’t currently know how to do.

You do not need to complete the nursing informatics competencies goals (final section of P.A.T.C.H. assessment) for this assignment but KEEP THE ASSESSMENT SHEET YOU FILLED OUT, as you will use it in module 11 as well.


Kaminski, J. (2013). P.A.T.C.H. Assessment Scale v.3. Retrieved from