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Modelling digital knowledge transfer: Nurse Supervisors transforming learning at Point of Care to Advance Nursing Practice

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Mather, C and Cummings, E, Modelling digital knowledge transfer: Nurse Supervisors transforming learning at Point of Care to Advance Nursing Practice, Informatics, 4, (12) pp. 1-14. ISSN 2227-9709 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/informatics4020012

Abstract

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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:access; continuing professional development; digital literacy; digital knowledge, digital professionalism; ehealth literacy; informal learning; mobile learning; nursing
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Mather, C (Ms Carey Mather)
Author:Cummings, E (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
ID Code:116774
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-05-18
Last Modified:2017-12-21
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