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Informatics 2017, 4(2), 9; doi:10.3390/informatics4020009

Social Media Providing an International Virtual Elective Experience for Student Nurses

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Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK
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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
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Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Academic Editors: Elizabeth Cummings and Carey Mather
Received: 13 March 2017 / Revised: 6 April 2017 / Accepted: 7 April 2017 / Published: 10 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Media and Mobile Technologies for Healthcare Education)
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Abstract

The advances in social media offer many opportunities for developing understanding of different countries and cultures without any implications of travel. Nursing has a global presence and yet it appears as though students have little knowledge of the health and social care needs and provision outside their local environment. Our collaboration across three countries, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, brought the two themes together with the aim of senior student nurses having a communication channel to explore public health issues in each country. Using a closed Facebook™ page, third year undergraduate adult nursing students were invited to take part in a three month pilot study to test the feasibility of virtual collaboration through exchanging public health issues. Here we report upon the collaboration, operation of the social media, and main findings of the study. Three core areas will be reported upon, these being the student’s views of using social media for learning about international perspectives of health, seeing nursing as a global profession and recommendations for future development of this positively reviewed learning technique. To conclude consideration will be given to further development of this work by the collaborative team expanding the countries involved. View Full-Text
Keywords: social media; nurse education; international public health; global information exchange social media; nurse education; international public health; global information exchange
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Procter, P.M.; Brixey, J.J.; Todhunter, F.; Honey, M.L.L. Social Media Providing an International Virtual Elective Experience for Student Nurses. Informatics 2017, 4, 9.

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