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Modelling digital knowledge transfer: Nurse Supervisors transforming learning at Point of Care to Advance Nursing Practice


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Mather, CA ORCID: 0000-0002-4301-0028 and Cummings, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6501-7450 2017 , 'Modelling digital knowledge transfer: Nurse Supervisors transforming learning at Point of Care to Advance Nursing Practice' , Informatics, vol. 4, no. 12 , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.3390/informatics4020012.

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Limited adoption of mobile technology for informal learning and continuing professionaldevelopment within Australian healthcare environments has been explained primarily as an issueof insufficient digital and ehealth literacy of healthcare professionals. This study explores nursesupervisors’ use of mobile technology for informal learning and continuing professional developmentboth for their own professional practice, and in their role in modelling digital knowledge transfer, byfacilitating the learning and teaching of nursing students in the workplace. A convenience sample of27 nurse supervisors involved with guiding and supporting undergraduate nurses participated in oneof six focus groups held in two states of Australia. Expanding knowledge emerged as the key theme ofimportance to this group of clinicians. Although nurse supervisors regularly browsed Internet sourcesfor learning and teaching purposes, a mixed understanding of the mobile learning activities thatcould be included as informal learning or part of formal continuing professional development wasdetected. Participants need educational preparation and access to mobile learning opportunities toimprove and maintain their digital and ehealth literacy to appropriately model digital professionalismwith students. Implementation of mobile learning at point of care to enable digital knowledgetransfer, augment informal learning for students and patients, and support continuing professionaldevelopment opportunities is necessary. Embedding digital and ehealth literacy within nursingcurricula will promote mobile learning as a legitimate nursing function and advance nursing practice.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mather, CA and Cummings, E
Keywords: access; continuing professional development; digital literacy; digital knowledge, digital professionalism; ehealth literacy; informal learning; mobile learning; nursing
Journal or Publication Title: Informatics
Publisher: M D P I AG
ISSN: 2227-9709
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/informatics4020012
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