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Healthcare 2017, 5(3), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare5030035

Student Perceptions and Acceptance of Mobile Technology in an Undergraduate Nursing Program

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Department of Nursing, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC 29502, USA
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Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Health, Human Services, and Science, Ashford University, San Diego, CA 92123, USA
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Palmetto Health Tuomey, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
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Academic Editor: Cristian Lieneck
Received: 3 June 2017 / Revised: 13 July 2017 / Accepted: 17 July 2017 / Published: 21 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Population Health Management)
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Mobile technology allows healthcare students to access current evidence-based resources. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the student experience of implementing point-of-care (POC) smartphone applications in a first-semester undergraduate nursing program. Teaching methods included using case studies in the laboratory to familiarize students with the apps. At community screening sites, evidence-based guidelines were referenced when students discussed screening results with patients. Surveys were administered prior to implementing this innovation and after the students utilized the apps in direct patient interactions. Survey results were analyzed to evaluate student perceptions and acceptance of mobile technology. Students felt that healthcare smartphone apps were a helpful and convenient way to obtain evidence-based clinical information pertinent to direct care settings. Over 90% of students planned to continue using healthcare smartphone apps. In conclusion, healthcare smartphone apps are a way for students to become comfortable accessing evidence-based clinical resources. It is important to encourage students to use these resources early in the curriculum. Community screenings are an independent health promotion activity which assists in the attainment of health equity and fosters nursing leadership. View Full-Text
Keywords: smartphones; technology; apps; nursing preventive care; nursing leadership; population health management; health information literacy; health equity smartphones; technology; apps; nursing preventive care; nursing leadership; population health management; health information literacy; health equity
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George, T.P.; DeCristofaro, C.; Murphy, P.F.; Sims, A. Student Perceptions and Acceptance of Mobile Technology in an Undergraduate Nursing Program. Healthcare 2017, 5, 35.

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