Engagement and Emotional Connection With Virtual Communities Among Nursing Students

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335620
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Engagement and Emotional Connection With Virtual Communities Among Nursing Students
Author(s):
Chen, Ying-Hsiu; Wang, I-Ching; Fang, Yueh-Yen; Chen, Wen-Ting
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Ying-Hsiu Chen, RN, cats41023@gmail.com; I-Ching Wang, RN; Yueh-Yen Fang, PhD, RN; Wen-Ting Chen, RN
Abstract:
Session presented on Sunday, July 27, 2014: Purpose: The purposes of this study were to investigate nursing students’ engagement and emotional connection with virtual communities, as well as benefits they had perceived through participating virtual communities. Methods: Based on the theory of planned behavior and innovation diffusion theory, a survey was developed to collect data. 300 students enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program in Taiwan were invited to participate in this study. 290 students had completed the survey. Data were analyzed by both descriptive and comparative statistics. Results: All students responded the survey had participated at least one virtual community (VC). 142 (49%) had joined 2 VCs, and 97 (33%) had joined 3 VCs. Facebook was the most popular VC, it attracted 289 (99.7%) students. Line was ranked the second popularity, 269 (92.8%) students joined this VC. Most students (270; 93.1%) joined VCs that provided social support; only 47 (16.2%) students utilized VCs that were designed for exchanging learning information. Participating VC was an important social connection with others. 258 (89%) students participated VC before sleeping. The average participation time before sleeping was 1.23 hours; the daily average participating time was 5.95 hours. Most students (254; 87.6%) used mobile phones to participate VCs. Major benefits of participating VCs that students perceived were entertainment and emotional comfort. 62.1% students expressed that they would feel boring if they did not participate VC. Without VC, 21.4% students would feel empty, 11% students would be anxious, 9% students did not know what to do, 7.9% students would feel lonely, and 5.5% students would be panic. Students from lower school year valued more positively than senior students in VC’s functions of self-actualization, entertainment, emotional health, and interpersonal communication (p<.05). They also spend more time in participating VCs (p<.05). Conclusion: The computer and information technology not only brings an impact on knowledge development but also plays an indispensable role in human communication and emotional connections. Using virtual communities to enhance learning is an emerging paradigm in nursing education. However, knowledge related to how nursing students are engaged in and value virtual communities is limited. In this study, time that nursing students spent on VC and the acceptance of VCs by the younger generation suggest that integrating VC into nursing education is an inevitable trend. Students’ long-hour engagement and emotional connection with VCs as well as their insufficient use of VCs in learning activity challenge nursing education. Future studies are encouraged to investigate VCs’ impact on students’ academic and professional performances and link the findings to curriculum reform.
Keywords:
nursing education; virtual community; social network
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEngagement and Emotional Connection With Virtual Communities Among Nursing Studentsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorChen, Ying-Hsiuen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWang, I-Chingen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFang, Yueh-Yenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorChen, Wen-Tingen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsYing-Hsiu Chen, RN, cats41023@gmail.com; I-Ching Wang, RN; Yueh-Yen Fang, PhD, RN; Wen-Ting Chen, RNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335620-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Sunday, July 27, 2014: Purpose: The purposes of this study were to investigate nursing students’ engagement and emotional connection with virtual communities, as well as benefits they had perceived through participating virtual communities. Methods: Based on the theory of planned behavior and innovation diffusion theory, a survey was developed to collect data. 300 students enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program in Taiwan were invited to participate in this study. 290 students had completed the survey. Data were analyzed by both descriptive and comparative statistics. Results: All students responded the survey had participated at least one virtual community (VC). 142 (49%) had joined 2 VCs, and 97 (33%) had joined 3 VCs. Facebook was the most popular VC, it attracted 289 (99.7%) students. Line was ranked the second popularity, 269 (92.8%) students joined this VC. Most students (270; 93.1%) joined VCs that provided social support; only 47 (16.2%) students utilized VCs that were designed for exchanging learning information. Participating VC was an important social connection with others. 258 (89%) students participated VC before sleeping. The average participation time before sleeping was 1.23 hours; the daily average participating time was 5.95 hours. Most students (254; 87.6%) used mobile phones to participate VCs. Major benefits of participating VCs that students perceived were entertainment and emotional comfort. 62.1% students expressed that they would feel boring if they did not participate VC. Without VC, 21.4% students would feel empty, 11% students would be anxious, 9% students did not know what to do, 7.9% students would feel lonely, and 5.5% students would be panic. Students from lower school year valued more positively than senior students in VC’s functions of self-actualization, entertainment, emotional health, and interpersonal communication (p<.05). They also spend more time in participating VCs (p<.05). Conclusion: The computer and information technology not only brings an impact on knowledge development but also plays an indispensable role in human communication and emotional connections. Using virtual communities to enhance learning is an emerging paradigm in nursing education. However, knowledge related to how nursing students are engaged in and value virtual communities is limited. In this study, time that nursing students spent on VC and the acceptance of VCs by the younger generation suggest that integrating VC into nursing education is an inevitable trend. Students’ long-hour engagement and emotional connection with VCs as well as their insufficient use of VCs in learning activity challenge nursing education. Future studies are encouraged to investigate VCs’ impact on students’ academic and professional performances and link the findings to curriculum reform.en_GB
dc.subjectnursing educationen_GB
dc.subjectvirtual communityen_GB
dc.subjectsocial networken_GB
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:55:59Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:55:59Z-
dc.conference.date2014en_GB
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen_GB
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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