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Surfing or still drowning? Student nurses’ Internet skills.

Bond, C. S., 2010. Surfing or still drowning? Student nurses’ Internet skills. Nurse Education Today, 30 (5), 485-488.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.11.005


A study into student nurses’ ability to use the Internet was published in Nurse Education Today in 2004. This paper repeats the research with a cohort of students starting their pre-registration programme in a UK university in 2007. In 2004 students were reported as having poor Internet skills, and as not being frequent users of the Internet. In this study students were found to have significantly better ability to carry out basic tasks and significantly higher levels of Internet use. Their ability to apply these skills to more complex information literacy tasks however had not increased, with more than half of all students saying they found far too much irrelevant information when searching for specific information on the Internet. The earlier study found that skills and age were not related, which appears to still be the case. The need for these skills is increasing as education, lifelong learning, and patient information are all increasingly drawing on the developing Internet. Nurse education however is not integrating the skill and knowledge base essential to support this into pre-registration programmes, and the evidence suggests that this will not happen without active management.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nursing informatics; Information literacy; Computer literacy; Nurse Education; Internet
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:12601
Deposited By: Dr Carol S Bond LEFT
Deposited On:22 Dec 2009 17:48
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:27


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