Teaching and Learning in a Laptop Nursing Program: Institutional and Pedagogical Issues

Teaching and Learning in a Laptop Nursing Program: Institutional and Pedagogical Issues

Ellen Vogel (University of Ontario, Canada) and Bill Muirhead (University of Ontario, Canada)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-950-2.ch006
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Abstract

Increasingly, nurses work in practice settings that employ the latest information and communication technology (ICT) to research, administer, and deliver healthcare to clients. Thus, it is critical that BNSc program graduates be competent with the technology that is embedded in their nursing environments. This chapter explicates the findings of a study designed to assess and prioritize the capacities of nursing faculty in the use of ICT for teaching and learning. Data was gathered over a two-year period through in-depth interviews, questionnaires, learning journals, and document review and synthesis. The authors hope that findings will contribute to the development of core competencies in the use of ICT for teaching and learning. Further, outcomes will inform decision-makers and funding agencies of the needs and gaps related to faculty ICT preparedness in Canadian schools of nursing. Recommendations address key success factors including faculty development and institutional support.

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