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Use of Handheld Computers in Nursing Education

Use of Handheld Computers in Nursing Education
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Author(s): Maureen Farrell (University of Ballarat, Australia)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 14
Source title: Nursing and Clinical Informatics: Socio-Technical Approaches
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Bettina Staudinger (University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Austria), Victoria Höß (University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Austria) and Herwig Ostermann (University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Austria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-234-3.ch016

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Abstract

The use of mobile technologies in nursing education is rapidly increasing. Handheld computers are the most frequently used of these technologies as they can provide students with information for point of care clinical reference, such as diagnostics, medical terminology, and drug references. Integrating the management and processing of information into clinical practice is an effective learning approach for students and reflects a changing paradigm in nursing education. Traditionally, nursing programs have the tendency to separate the acquisition of academic knowledge from clinical practice, and the process of integrating academic information into the decision making processes in the clinical area has been difficult for student nurses. This chapter will provide an overview of the use of handheld computers in nursing and medical education, including a brief synopsis of current use in clinical practice. It will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of their use, barriers to implementation and future directions.

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