Nurse education leaders have a fiduciary responsibility of keep nursing curricula current with the latest technologies in healthcare. Nurse educators and nursing students are the end users who can provide the necessary feedback about the use of technology in nursing academia and clinical settings. This single case study with embedded units of analysis (the end users) was about the lived experience of the end users’ use of personal mobile devices and associated technology in the pursuit of their academic objectives. This qualitative study investigated what issues, if any, were related to the use (or non-use) of personal mobile devices (PMDs) in the nursing classroom and clinical settings. Other research questions for the end users were if institutional policies, protocols, and practices supported the technological aspects of nursing academia as well as any recommendations for improvements. The small, purposive sample population came from the Upstate Region of South Carolina. The researcher facilitated semi-structured interviews with nurse educators and focus group discussions with nursing students to identify any unforeseen and/or unanticipated concerns in the use of PMDs in nursing academia and clinical practices. The Model Measurement Questionnaire (MMQ) was incorporated into the data collection process which had multiple uses. Data analysis was framed around the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and based on a triangulation of data collected from the end users through field notes, MMQ results, and observations. The most significant outcome of this study was the identification of a psychosocial phenomenon not found in current literature. A secondary objective of this case study was to suggest a basic and repeatable process for qualitative assessment of current technology from the lived experiences of nurse educators and nursing students.
|Advisor:||Welch, Amy, Smythe, Heaven|
|Commitee:||Burd, Paul, Gambino, Thomas|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Nursing, Health education, Educational technology|
|Keywords:||Nurse education leadership, Nursing education, Psychosocial phenomena, Social media issues in postsecondary education|
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