Modelling digital knowledge transfer: Nurse Supervisors transforming learning at Point of Care to Advance Nursing Practice
Mather, C and Cummings, E, Modelling digital knowledge transfer: Nurse Supervisors transforming learning at Point of Care to Advance Nursing Practice, Informatics, 4, (2) Article 12. ISSN 2227-9709 (2017) [Refereed Article]
Limited adoption of mobile technology for informal learning and continuing professional development within Australian healthcare environments has been explained primarily as an issue of insufficient digital and ehealth literacy of healthcare professionals. This study explores nurse supervisorsí use of mobile technology for informal learning and continuing professional development both for their own professional practice, and in their role in modelling digital knowledge transfer, by facilitating the learning and teaching of nursing students in the workplace. A convenience sample of 27 nurse supervisors involved with guiding and supporting undergraduate nurses participated in one of six focus groups held in two states of Australia. Expanding knowledge emerged as the key theme of importance to this group of clinicians. Although nurse supervisors regularly browsed Internet sources for learning and teaching purposes, a mixed understanding of the mobile learning activities that could be included as informal learning or part of formal continuing professional development was detected. Participants need educational preparation and access to mobile learning opportunities to improve and maintain their digital and ehealth literacy to appropriately model digital professionalism with students. Implementation of mobile learning at point of care to enable digital knowledge transfer, augment informal learning for students and patients, and support continuing professional development opportunities is necessary. Embedding digital and ehealth literacy within nursing curricula will promote mobile learning as a legitimate nursing function and advance nursing practice.
access, continuing professional development, digital literacy, digital knowledge, digital professionalism, ehealth literacy, informal learning, mobile learning, nursing