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Using the WWW to teach undergraduate nurses clinical communication


Farrell, GA and Cubit, K and Bobrowski, CL and Salmon, P, Using the WWW to teach undergraduate nurses clinical communication, Nurse Education Today, 27, (5) pp. 427-735. ISSN 0260-6917 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2006.07.005


On-line learning is increasingly being used in nursing education. Nevertheless, there is still insufficient evidence to demonstrate: whether students respond positively when this form of learning is used to teach relatively practical or clinical subjects; whether it is effective; and whether it is fair to students with less access to, or familiarity with, computers and the internet. In 2003, an on-line Unit on clinical communication was developed for Australian undergraduate nurses in partnership between an Australian School of Nursing and the a Department of Clinical Psychology. Students were overwhelmingly positive in their evaluation of the Unit although some regretted the lack of face-to-face contact with tutors and peers. The best aspects of the Unit included the content and structure being perceived as interesting, fun and informative, the relevance of the material for them as nurses, flexibility to work independently, promotion of critical thinking and gaining an understanding of client issues. Neither their evaluation nor their final grades were related to students' age or whether they preferred on-line or traditional learning. Students who had readily available computer access, however, had better final grades. Also, students' grades were correlated with how often they accessed the Unit. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cubit, K (Ms Katrina Cubit)
ID Code:51047
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-23

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