The Role of Listserv Participation in the Professional Development of a Nursing Community of Practice

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154791
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Presentation
Title:
The Role of Listserv Participation in the Professional Development of a Nursing Community of Practice
Abstract:
The Role of Listserv Participation in the Professional Development of a Nursing Community of Practice
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Corvey, Rebecca J., RN, EdD
P.I. Institution Name:Macon State College
Title:Nursing Programs Director, Macon State College
Objective: In a health care environment struggling within financial limitations professional development is a luxury. We know little about how online communities might support and advance professional nursing practice. The purpose of this study was to identify how listserv membership fosters practice and identity in a community of practice of advanced practice nurses. Design: Four research questions guided this qualitative investigation; 1) what is the nature of the learning that results from participation in a listserv, 2) what is the nature of the interaction between members, 3) how does participation in a professional listserv impact professional practice, and, 4)in what ways does participation in a professional listserv impact professional identity development? Population: This qualitative case study included face-to-face interviews of ten advanced practice nurses who were members of a practice listserv. In addition to interviews, listserv documents were downloaded and analyzed for content. Four categories of interrelated findings were inductively derived from the data using the constant comparative method of analysis. Findings: Findings suggest that significant learning impacting professional practice and identity occurs as a result of listserv participation. Varying levels of participation characterizes the nature of the interaction between the individual and the group. Professional practice is strengthened through the listserv, tacit knowledge becomes visible, leadership is fostered, and advocacy for clients and the profession is strengthened and professional identify is fostered through political activism, critical reflection, increasing professional power, and pride in the profession. Conclusions: Three conclusions were reached; 1)communities of practice can be fostered in online environments, 2)online environments can enhance professional practice, and, 3) professional identity can be nurtured in an online community of practice. Implications: Online communities of practice can be a source for continuing professional education of advanced practice nurses by promoting both professional practice and professional identity development.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Role of Listserv Participation in the Professional Development of a Nursing Community of Practiceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154791-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Role of Listserv Participation in the Professional Development of a Nursing Community of Practice</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Corvey, Rebecca J., RN, EdD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Macon State College</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Nursing Programs Director, Macon State College</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">bcorvey@yahoo.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: In a health care environment struggling within financial limitations professional development is a luxury. We know little about how online communities might support and advance professional nursing practice. The purpose of this study was to identify how listserv membership fosters practice and identity in a community of practice of advanced practice nurses. Design: Four research questions guided this qualitative investigation; 1) what is the nature of the learning that results from participation in a listserv, 2) what is the nature of the interaction between members, 3) how does participation in a professional listserv impact professional practice, and, 4)in what ways does participation in a professional listserv impact professional identity development? Population: This qualitative case study included face-to-face interviews of ten advanced practice nurses who were members of a practice listserv. In addition to interviews, listserv documents were downloaded and analyzed for content. Four categories of interrelated findings were inductively derived from the data using the constant comparative method of analysis. Findings: Findings suggest that significant learning impacting professional practice and identity occurs as a result of listserv participation. Varying levels of participation characterizes the nature of the interaction between the individual and the group. Professional practice is strengthened through the listserv, tacit knowledge becomes visible, leadership is fostered, and advocacy for clients and the profession is strengthened and professional identify is fostered through political activism, critical reflection, increasing professional power, and pride in the profession. Conclusions: Three conclusions were reached; 1)communities of practice can be fostered in online environments, 2)online environments can enhance professional practice, and, 3) professional identity can be nurtured in an online community of practice. Implications: Online communities of practice can be a source for continuing professional education of advanced practice nurses by promoting both professional practice and professional identity development.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:16:54Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:16:54Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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