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Undergraduate nurses' preferred use of mobile devices in healthcare settings


Mather, C and Cummings, E and Allen, P, Undergraduate nurses' preferred use of mobile devices in healthcare settings, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 208 pp. 264-268. ISSN 0926-9630 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-488-6-264


The growth of digital technology has created challenges for appropriate and safe use of mobile or portable devices in healthcare environments. There is perceived risk that the use of mobile technology for learning may distract from provision of patient care if used by undergraduate students during work-integrated learning. This paper reports on a study that aimed to identify differences in preferred behavior of student nurses in their use of mobile technology during and away from the clinical practice environment. A previously validated online survey was administered to students during a period of work integrated learning in a range of healthcare settings in two Australian ·states. Respondents agreed that mobile devices could be beneficial to patient care. Overall, students proposed they would use mobile devices for accessing information, during work integrated learning, less than when away from the workplace. The development of policy to guide the use of mobile devices, in situ, is important to the provision of safe and competent care and improved health outcomes for patients.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:undergraduate nurse, mobile technology, work integrated learning, mobile learning
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Mather, C (Dr Carey Mather)
UTAS Author:Cummings, E (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
ID Code:99286
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-03-19
Last Modified:2018-03-15

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