Nurse Manager And Student Nurse Perceptions Of The Use Of Personal Smartphones Or Tablets And The Adjunct Applications, As An Educational Tool In Clinical Settings | 64548
Journal of Nursing & Care
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Smartphones, tablets and the adjunct applications (apps) that operate on them are becoming a part of everyday life for the New
Zealand population. Student nurses have embraced this technology, but little is known internationally or in New Zealand about
the way student nurses may apply personal devices to their education process. The perceptions of New Zealand nurse managers,
toward these personal referencing technologies, could not be located. Using a qualitative descriptive methodology, semi structured
interviews were conducted with New Zealand student nurses (n=13), and nurse managers (n=5) about their perceptions of use of
personal smartphones, tablets and applications as an educational tool in clinical settings. A thematic analysis was conducted on
the resulting text. Student nurses wanted to use personal smartphones to support clinical decisions. Nurse managers perceived the
use of personal smartphones as unprofessional, and do not trust younger cohorts of student nurses to act ethically when using a
personal smartphone. This research supports historical research findings about the perceived usefulness of hand held referencing to
augment clinical decisions. However, due to the perceptions held by nurse mangers surrounding professionalism, as well as financial
considerations, the application of personal smartphones to clinical practice may remain problematic.
George McNally completed his Master’s degree in Advanced Nursing from the University of Auckland. He is a Lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology at the School of Nursing, Northtec Whangarei, New Zealand.