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Digital communication to support clinical supervision: Considering the human factors


Mather, CA and Marlow, AH and Cummings, EA, Digital communication to support clinical supervision: Considering the human factors, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics: Context Sensitive Health Informatics - Human and Sociotechnical Approaches, 194 pp. 160-165. ISSN 0926-9630 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-293-6-160


During the last three years the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Tasmania has used a needs assessment survey to explore the needs of organizations and nursing professionals that facilitate and clinically supervise Bachelor of Nursing students in the workplace. Findings from the survey indicated that staff at healthcare organizations wanted a communication strategy that was easily accessible by clinicians who supervised students during work integrated learning placements. In particular they wanted to receive timely information related to the role and function of supervisors in practice. The development of the digital strategy to strengthen the development of a community of practice between the University, organizations, facilities and clinical supervisors was identified as the key method of improving communication. Blogging and micro blogging were selected as methods of choice for the implementation of the digital strategy because they were easy to set up, use and enable equity of access to geographically dispersed practitioners in urban and rural areas. Change champions were identified to disseminate information about the strategy within their workplaces. Although clinicians indicated electronic communication as their preferred method, there were a number of human factors at a systems and individual level identified to be challenges when communicating with clinical supervisors who were based offcampus. Information communication technology policies and embedded culture towards social presence were impediments to using this approach in some organizations. Additionally, it was found that it is necessary for this group of clinicians to be educated about using digital methods to undertake their role as clinical supervisors in their varied clinical practice environments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:work integrated learning, digital strategies, nursing, clinical supervision, community of practice
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Mather, CA (Dr Carey Mather)
UTAS Author:Marlow, AH (Ms Annette Marlow)
UTAS Author:Cummings, EA (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
ID Code:85964
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2013-08-16
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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