Use of Handheld Computers in Nursing Education

Use of Handheld Computers in Nursing Education

Maureen Farrell (University of Ballarat, Australia)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-234-3.ch016
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The use of mobile technologies in nursing education is rapidly increasing. Handheld computers are the most frequently used of these technologies as they can provide students with information for point of care clinical reference, such as diagnostics, medical terminology, and drug references. Integrating the management and processing of information into clinical practice is an effective learning approach for students and reflects a changing paradigm in nursing education. Traditionally, nursing programs have the tendency to separate the acquisition of academic knowledge from clinical practice, and the process of integrating academic information into the decision making processes in the clinical area has been difficult for student nurses. This chapter will provide an overview of the use of handheld computers in nursing and medical education, including a brief synopsis of current use in clinical practice. It will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of their use, barriers to implementation and future directions.
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Pdas In Clinical Practice

PDAs have been adopted by healthcare professionals (predominately physicians) in clinical practice and this adoption has led to a number of different uses including clinical decision support, education, and accessing or collecting data. The literature reveals that the information on usage is usually descriptive rather than evidence based, although some preliminary impact studies are indicating improved patient outcomes with regards to PDA usage. Specialty areas are prominent in the use of PDAs.

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