mHealth and Undergraduate Nursing Education: Preparing Tomorrow's Nurses to Adapt and Succeed

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308696
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
mHealth and Undergraduate Nursing Education: Preparing Tomorrow's Nurses to Adapt and Succeed
Author(s):
Airth-Kindree, Norah M.M.; Vandenbark, R. Todd
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Delta Phi
Author Details:
Norah M.M. Airth-Kindree, DNP, MSN, RN, airthknm@uwec.edu; R. Todd Vandenbark, MLS, BA
Abstract:

Session presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

With roots in clinical medical practice, utilization of mobile health or “mHealth” is becoming ubiquitous in healthcare today.  One aspect of “mHealth” is medical applications or simply “apps”. Both health care providers and consumers alike are exploring how apps can be incorporated to promote evidence-based practice at the point of care and promote health. Use of these apps have made their way into nursing practice anecdotally, at both the registered nurse and advanced practice level. Anticipating an increase in use of nursing apps, it is essential for nursing school graduates to acquire the critical thinking skills to effectively evaluate mobile health care apps for clinical practice. Just as nursing students learn to critically evaluate reliable internet resources for evidence-based practice and scholarly articles, they can utilize these same skills regarding apps. Questions of authority, accuracy, objectivity and usability are just as applicable to apps as other electronic reference tools.

In order to enhance critical thinking skills around the evaluation of apps, an interdisciplinary classroom activity was designed connecting library and nursing department faculty. Within a capstone course in the RN-to-BSN completion program, nursing students critically evaluated mobile apps and/or mobile-optimized websites with a grading criteria reporting their findings to peers in a concise presentation. Focus groups were held following the classroom activity to determine the activities value and applicability to nursing clinical practice.

While much research exists documenting the use of mobile devices in medical education and medicine in general, preliminary searches of the nursing literature reveal limited research on the use of mobile technology in a clinical or community setting. This preliminary classroom activity was piloted to begin to explore the need for practicing registered nurses to evaluate apps and consider supplementing patient education by referring patients to effective aps for health promotion.

Keywords:
mobile Health; information technology; apps
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlemHealth and Undergraduate Nursing Education: Preparing Tomorrow's Nurses to Adapt and Succeeden_GB
dc.contributor.authorAirth-Kindree, Norah M.M.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorVandenbark, R. Todden_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDelta Phien_GB
dc.author.detailsNorah M.M. Airth-Kindree, DNP, MSN, RN, airthknm@uwec.edu; R. Todd Vandenbark, MLS, BAen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308696-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p>With roots in clinical medical practice, utilization of mobile health or “mHealth” is becoming ubiquitous in healthcare today.  One aspect of “mHealth” is medical applications or simply “apps”. Both health care providers and consumers alike are exploring how apps can be incorporated to promote evidence-based practice at the point of care and promote health. Use of these apps have made their way into nursing practice anecdotally, at both the registered nurse and advanced practice level. Anticipating an increase in use of nursing apps, it is essential for nursing school graduates to acquire the critical thinking skills to effectively evaluate mobile health care apps for clinical practice. Just as nursing students learn to critically evaluate reliable internet resources for evidence-based practice and scholarly articles, they can utilize these same skills regarding apps. Questions of authority, accuracy, objectivity and usability are just as applicable to apps as other electronic reference tools. <p>In order to enhance critical thinking skills around the evaluation of apps, an interdisciplinary classroom activity was designed connecting library and nursing department faculty. Within a capstone course in the RN-to-BSN completion program, nursing students critically evaluated mobile apps and/or mobile-optimized websites with a grading criteria reporting their findings to peers in a concise presentation. Focus groups were held following the classroom activity to determine the activities value and applicability to nursing clinical practice. <p>While much research exists documenting the use of mobile devices in medical education and medicine in general, preliminary searches of the nursing literature reveal limited research on the use of mobile technology in a clinical or community setting. This preliminary classroom activity was piloted to begin to explore the need for practicing registered nurses to evaluate apps and consider supplementing patient education by referring patients to effective aps for health promotion.en_GB
dc.subjectmobile Healthen_GB
dc.subjectinformation technologyen_GB
dc.subjectappsen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:34:52Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:34:52Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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