Integrating PDA’s in Nursing Clinical Education: Changing the Teaching Paradigm

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Nursing educators are faced with the challenge keeping up with technological advances in the medical field. In light of nursing shortage nursing educators must answer to the call of integrating technology to prepare the new generation of nurses. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of nursing faculty lived experience integrating a palm hand held technical device (PDA) at the point of care in undergraduate nursing clinical education. The authors recruited nursing faculty teaching in the third and fourth year of an undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program. Qualitative analysis of the interview data followed a procedure, audio review of tapes from the interviews, coding the transcriptions, identification of conceptual themes, and assignment of thematic construct utilizing NVIVO computer software. The following themes were identified: readily availability of essential information, retrieval and retention, critical thinking, time management, enhancement of confidence and role modeling, professional image, patient’s safety and dissemination of new technology. The integration of PDA technology into a clinical practicum was positively viewed by the faculty. The breadth and depth of information in this study supports the implications of the use of PDA’s as a readily available resource at the point-of-care in nursing education and its implications.

Keywords: Nursing Education, PDA, Teaching Paradigm
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , Integrating PDA’s in Nursing Clinical Education

Dr. Ainat Koren

Assistant Professor, Department of nursing
School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts

lowell, MA, USA

Dr. Ainat Koren received a PhD in Nursing with a health promotion focus from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her experience includes working as a nurse in pediatric intensive care and pediatric surgical units where technology is a major vehicle for patient care and monitoring. Her teaching experience includes seven years at the Nursing program of the Hebrew University in Israel and three years as Quality Assurance Coordinator of Preventative Services in the central district of Israel, where she was involved in developing methods and technologies for safe and high quality delivery and administration of immunizations for children. Currently in her third year of teaching in the Nursing Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, she is involved in teaching junior and senior nursing students both in theory, clinical practice, and research. Dr Koren continually involves technology in her teaching which includes incorporating the use of PDAs in clinical practice, remote personal response systems in class lectures and streaming essential video to enhance students learning.

Kelly Fisher

Dean, Department of Nursing, Endicott College
Beverly, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. K.L. Fisher received a PhD in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, S. Kingston, RI. Her clinical expertise is in the specialty area of medical-surgical and critical care nursing with over fifteen years of teaching experience in B.S. Nursing programs. Dr. Fisher is currently the dean of school of nursing at Endicott college. Dr. Fisher involves technology in her teaching methods with a focus on incorporating remote personal response systems in classroom, integration of PDA’s, tablets, and internet technology to assist students learning in laboratory and clinical settings.

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