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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164082
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Educating Clinical Nurse Specialist Students at a Distance
Author(s):
Gilliland, Irene; McNeill, Jeanette; Goei, Kathy; Jones, Mary Elaine
Author Details:
Irene Gilliland, CNS, ACHPN, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA, email: igilliland@satx.rr.com; Jeanette McNeill, D.Ph., RN, AOCNS; Kathy Goei, PhD, RN; Mary Elaine Jones, PhD, RN
Abstract:
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine factors associated with student success in an online Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist education program. SIGNIFICANCE: Use of online technologies in nursing education, specifically in advanced education, has increased, however, few studies document predictors of success with students from diverse backgrounds. BACKGROUND/RATIONALE: Demographic changes continue to increase the need for APNs with skills in managing adult health, chronically ill and End Of Life patients. An online education program for Adult CNS preparation was federally funded in 2006 to recruit nurses from rural and diverse backgrounds. Confidence with online technology, learning style, personality type and demographic factors are known to affect student success. This paper describes preliminary findings related to characteristics and perceptions among four cohorts of students. DESCRIPTION: Four instruments measured student characteristics, perceptions and satisfaction. The Index of Learning Styles (ILS) (Felder & Solomon, 2003); Online Technologies Self-Efficacy Scale (OTSES) (Miltiadou, 2001); the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Briggs & Briggs Myers, 1988); and a Student Satisfaction questionnaire. Demographic characteristics were gathered to describe the sample of students enrolled in an online Adult Health CNS program. OUTCOME: The sample of 23 students had a mean age of 43; the majority were ethnically diverse, and had taken at least one other online course. Findings suggested a fairly high comfort level with online technology at entry; in terms of learning style, most students were concrete thinkers, practical, oriented toward facts and procedures (sensing) and were moderate to strong visual learners. Preliminary analysis of student satisfaction indicated students enrolled in online coursework for convenience and were highly satisfied with the program and online learning. The project retention rate is 91%, and six students have graduated. INTERPRETATION/CONCLUSION: Further study of larger samples and analysis of data examining learning styles, personality type and achievement may profile motivations of students seeking online programs and provide additional insight into strategies for success. IMPLICATIONS FOR CNS BASIC AND CONTINUING EDUCATION: Online coursework provides student friendly alternatives for CNS education. Knowledge of student characteristics associated with success and satisfaction can aide faculty to recruit, retain and graduate CNSs for the future.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
CNS as Interal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Portland, Oregon, USA
Description:
Conference theme: CNS as Internal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems, held March 3 - 6, Portland, Oregon, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEducating Clinical Nurse Specialist Students at a Distanceen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGilliland, Ireneen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcNeill, Jeanetteen_US
dc.contributor.authorGoei, Kathyen_US
dc.contributor.authorJones, Mary Elaineen_US
dc.author.detailsIrene Gilliland, CNS, ACHPN, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA, email: igilliland@satx.rr.com; Jeanette McNeill, D.Ph., RN, AOCNS; Kathy Goei, PhD, RN; Mary Elaine Jones, PhD, RNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164082-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine factors associated with student success in an online Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist education program. SIGNIFICANCE: Use of online technologies in nursing education, specifically in advanced education, has increased, however, few studies document predictors of success with students from diverse backgrounds. BACKGROUND/RATIONALE: Demographic changes continue to increase the need for APNs with skills in managing adult health, chronically ill and End Of Life patients. An online education program for Adult CNS preparation was federally funded in 2006 to recruit nurses from rural and diverse backgrounds. Confidence with online technology, learning style, personality type and demographic factors are known to affect student success. This paper describes preliminary findings related to characteristics and perceptions among four cohorts of students. DESCRIPTION: Four instruments measured student characteristics, perceptions and satisfaction. The Index of Learning Styles (ILS) (Felder & Solomon, 2003); Online Technologies Self-Efficacy Scale (OTSES) (Miltiadou, 2001); the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Briggs & Briggs Myers, 1988); and a Student Satisfaction questionnaire. Demographic characteristics were gathered to describe the sample of students enrolled in an online Adult Health CNS program. OUTCOME: The sample of 23 students had a mean age of 43; the majority were ethnically diverse, and had taken at least one other online course. Findings suggested a fairly high comfort level with online technology at entry; in terms of learning style, most students were concrete thinkers, practical, oriented toward facts and procedures (sensing) and were moderate to strong visual learners. Preliminary analysis of student satisfaction indicated students enrolled in online coursework for convenience and were highly satisfied with the program and online learning. The project retention rate is 91%, and six students have graduated. INTERPRETATION/CONCLUSION: Further study of larger samples and analysis of data examining learning styles, personality type and achievement may profile motivations of students seeking online programs and provide additional insight into strategies for success. IMPLICATIONS FOR CNS BASIC AND CONTINUING EDUCATION: Online coursework provides student friendly alternatives for CNS education. Knowledge of student characteristics associated with success and satisfaction can aide faculty to recruit, retain and graduate CNSs for the future.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:41:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:41:41Z-
dc.conference.date2010en_US
dc.conference.nameCNS as Interal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systemsen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationPortland, Oregon, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: CNS as Internal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems, held March 3 - 6, Portland, Oregon, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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