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Teaching information literacy in the nursing environment. Karjalainen & Salomaki


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Teaching information literacy in the nursing environment. Karjalainen & Salomaki

  1. 1. • 5.2 million inhabitants • Seventh biggest country in Europe • 10 % water and 70 % forest • Neighbours: Sweden, Norway and Russia • Official languages: Finnish and Swedish • Religion: 86 % Lutheran • Independence: 6th of December, 1917 • Head of state: President Tarja Halonen • Member of EU: 1995 • Currency Euro € (2002) • Capital: Helsinki (560,000 inhabitants) Finland
  2. 2. 625 km 181 km KAJAANIOULU IVALOKajaani • Located in the province of Oulu • Population of 38,000 • Peaceful but lively town • Short walking distances • Easy to find accommodation Kainuu Region • almost the size of Belgium • 87,000 inhabitants in the whole region HELSINKI 551 km Kajaani and Kainuu Region
  3. 3. Finnish Education System University of Applied Sciences University of Applied Sciences University of Applied Sciences Degrees
  4. 4. Research describes the implementation and impact of an Information Literacy Training Program of the Leading Nursing Competence in Kainuu The project was carried out by the Joint Authority of the Kainuu Region, Finland, in 2006-2007 The purpose of our study was to demonstrate librarian’s role in developing information literacy (IL) among nursing staff Research and its’ purpose
  5. 5. The IL skills of nurses (19) were examined using a questionnaire before the IL training. The questionnaires included the following research questions: - What kind of information sources did they use in nursing practice? - How did they search for and evaluate information? - How did they advise patients to find information? - In what ways are information sources disseminated in their work place? Nurses (7) were interviewed after the training in order to examine the impact of the IL course: - How did the course affect their abilities to search for and evaluate information? - How did the course affect their use of information in their day to day work? - How did they advise patients to find information? - How did they share information at work? Research questions
  6. 6. Results Before IL-training (19) After IL-training (7) Internet In addition Intranet use of research-based information Professional literature Finnish nursing journals Colleagues Internet the most common source Reliability of information Not aware of electronic sources Awareness of electronic sources Insecurity -lack of confidence Lowered threshold to actually start the search for information Poor computer skills Improved computer skills Evaluation based on experience Criteria to evaluate sources Brochures Ability to point out Web bages of patient organizations the reliability of sources Experts Library Journals Tv programs Discussion with Discussions with nursing students colleagues occasionally The need for IL-training The most important information sources used Ability to search for and evaluate information Evaluation Work environment Patient guidance
  7. 7. Changes • positive changes as well as a significant increase in the levels of IL skills • awareness of the information sources and competence to evaluate them • ability to use the current research literature in evidence-based practice Notices • adequate resources • administrative support • integrated IL-training in nursing practice Conclusions
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  9. 9. Thank you for your attention!