Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/5879
Title: Exploring the information and communication technology competence and confidence of nursing students and their perception of its relevance to clinical practice
Contributor(s): Levett-Jones, Tracy (author); Kenny, Ralene (author); Van der Riet, Pamela (author); Hazelton, Michael (author); Kable, Ashley (author); Bourgeois, Sharon (author); Luxford, Yoni  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.01.007
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/5879
Abstract: Aim: This paper profiles a study that explored nursing students' information and communication technology competence and confidence. It presents selected findings that focus on students' attitudes towards information and communication technology as an educational methodology and their perceptions of its relevance to clinical practice. Background: Information and communication technology is integral to contemporary nursing practice. Development of these skills is important to ensure that graduates are 'work ready' and adequately prepared to practice in increasingly technological healthcare environments. Methods: This was a mixed methods study. Students (n = 971) from three Australian universities were surveyed using an instrument designed specifically for the study, and 24 students participated in focus groups. Findings: The focus group data revealed that a number of students were resistant to the use of information and communication technology as an educational methodology and lacked the requisite skills and confidence to engage successfully with this educational approach. Survey results indicated that 26 per cent of students were unsure about the relevance of information and communication technology to clinical practice and only 50 per cent felt 'very confident' using a computer. Conclusion: While the importance of information and communication technology to student's learning and to their preparedness for practice has been established, it is evident that students' motivation is influenced by their level of confidence and competence, and their understanding of the relevance of information and communication technology to their future careers.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Nurse Education Today, 29(6), p. 612-616
Publisher: Elsevier
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0260-6917
1532-2793
Field of Research (FOR): 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930103 Learner Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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