Social media providing an international virtual elective experience for student nurses

PROCTER, Paula, BRIXEY, Juliana J, TODHUNTER, Fern and HONEY, Michelle L L (2017). Social media providing an international virtual elective experience for student nurses. Informatics, 4 (9).

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Abstract

The advances in social media offer many opportunities for developing understanding of different countries and cultures without any implications of travel. Nursing has a global presence and yet it appears as though students have little knowledge of the health and social care needs and provision outside their local environment. Our collaboration across three countries, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, brought the two themes together with the aim of senior student nurses having a communication channel to explore public health issues in each country. Using a closed Facebook™ page, third year undergraduate adult nursing students were invited to take part in a three month pilot study to test the feasibility of virtual collaboration through exchanging public health issues. Here we report upon the collaboration, operation of the social media, and main findings of the study. Three core areas will be reported upon, these being the student’s views of using social media for learning about international perspectives of health, seeing nursing as a global profession and recommendations for future development of this positively reviewed learning technique. To conclude consideration will be given to further development of this work by the collaborative team expanding the countries involved.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.3390/informatics4020009
Depositing User: Paula Procter
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 15:30
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 21:46
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15530

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