Computer anxiety among graduate nursing students

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Janice Hayes

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Douglas Coffin

Third Advisor's Name

Vandon E. White

Date of Defense



Computer anxiety refers to an individual's unpleasant, emotional state, characterized by subjective feelings of tension, apprehension, nervousness, worry, and activation of the autonomic nervous system. This feeling fluctuates in response to the presence (real or anticipated) or absence of a computer.

The purpose of the study was to estimate the prevalence and severity of computer anxiety among Graduate Nursing Students (GNS), and to determine the effect of hands-on computer experience on computer anxiety. The sample consisted of 90 volunteers from a local state university in Dade County. Computer anxiety was measured using the Oetting Computer Anxiety Scale (COMPAS). Frequency distribution, multiple regression, ANOVA, and t-tests were used to analyzed the data. The result indicates that GNS as a group was found to have "mild" computer anxiety, with computer specific education, time used at home, and the presence of a spouse and children, significantly impacting on computer anxiety.



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