Supporting Workforce Development of Nurses: Exploiting the synergies between technology in education and practice Michelle...
Health Issues <ul><li>Ageing population  </li></ul><ul><li>Shift in services to community </li></ul><ul><li>More co-morbid...
Nursing Issues <ul><li>RN – entry to practice </li></ul><ul><li>Retain nurses </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced clinical roles </...
Postgraduate Nurses <ul><li>Predominantly women </li></ul><ul><li>Average age 37 years </li></ul><ul><li>84% work 31 or mo...
Technology - access & proficiency <ul><li>94% convenient access to a pc for study </li></ul><ul><li>87% Internet access </...
Obstacles to use of the web (n=146) Obstacle N % Can’t find what I’m looking for on the website 45 30.8 Don’t know how to ...
Synergies <ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude  </li></ul><ul><li>Understandin...
Lessons Learnt <ul><li>Identify target group </li></ul><ul><li>Access and competence are pre-requisite </li></ul><ul><li>A...
Lifelong Learning <ul><li>Critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy ...
 
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Supporting Workforce Development of Nurses - Exploiting the synergies between technology in education and practice

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Michelle Honey
School of Nursing
University of Auckland
(P30, 16/10/08, Workforce stream, 11.30am)

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Supporting Workforce Development of Nurses - Exploiting the synergies between technology in education and practice

  1. 1. Supporting Workforce Development of Nurses: Exploiting the synergies between technology in education and practice Michelle Honey and Nicola North
  2. 2. Health Issues <ul><li>Ageing population </li></ul><ul><li>Shift in services to community </li></ul><ul><li>More co-morbidities </li></ul><ul><li>Chronic conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Increased complexity of health care </li></ul>Need for well prepared nursing workforce
  3. 3. Nursing Issues <ul><li>RN – entry to practice </li></ul><ul><li>Retain nurses </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced clinical roles </li></ul><ul><li>Higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Access to study </li></ul>Need for flexible educational options
  4. 4. Postgraduate Nurses <ul><li>Predominantly women </li></ul><ul><li>Average age 37 years </li></ul><ul><li>84% work 31 or more hours/week </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced nurses </li></ul><ul><li>Inexperienced in higher education </li></ul>
  5. 5. Technology - access & proficiency <ul><li>94% convenient access to a pc for study </li></ul><ul><li>87% Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>83% Sound & speakers </li></ul>
  6. 6. Obstacles to use of the web (n=146) Obstacle N % Can’t find what I’m looking for on the website 45 30.8 Don’t know how to use it properly 37 25.3 Having to share with other members of the household 36 24.7 Takes too long to download files 31 21.2 Difficulty in gaining access to a computer at University 23 15.8 Already overworked without the burden of Internet use 22 15.1 No access to a printer, or printing problems 18 12.3 Cost of connecting to the Internet 16 11.0 Fear or anxiety about using a computer 13 8.9 Don’t have a computer where I live 12 8.2 Lack of keyboard or typing skills 9 6.2 Little of value on the Internet that relates to my courses 5 3.4 Other 18 12.3
  7. 7. Synergies <ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong learning </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lessons Learnt <ul><li>Identify target group </li></ul><ul><li>Access and competence are pre-requisite </li></ul><ul><li>Access includes Internet speed </li></ul><ul><li>Competence – time on task </li></ul><ul><li>Technical difficulties impact negatively </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence + competence = work effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Many new options (web 2.0) but consider audience </li></ul>Focus on process of learning
  9. 9. Lifelong Learning <ul><li>Critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive skills </li></ul><ul><li>Open to innovation </li></ul>

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