Mobile learning is changing the landscape of nursing education. Handheld devices are helping nurses provide safer patient care as they are being trained in the classroom, clinic, and laboratory settings. Safer patient care means less chance of medical error, less chance of surgical complications, and a potentially shorter length of stay in the hospital due to an expedited recovery time.
The results of a study by the American Journal of Infection Control showed that over a third of nurses report they are feeling burnt out by their profession. Nurse burnout is caused by inadequate hospital staffing due to a shortage of skilled nurses. Mobile technology underscores online learning and traditional classroom training by allowing nurses to use handheld devices to quickly access the information they need.
This optimizes patient care, minimizes stress, and reduces the likelihood of burnout.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, “Advanced nursing education is empowering nurses to lead the way. More and more aspects of the profession are electronic…mobile devices, electronic medical records, cloud computing, and teleconferencing — invite nurses to be digitally ambitious.”
Nursing Classroom Abilities Increase
Mobile technology helps nursing students analyze critical information. Using mobile platforms, nurses can address simulated patient scenarios to reinforce the lessons learned from actual case studies. Mobile technology provides a wealth of nursing information in seconds.
Preventing Medical Errors
Using smartphones, IPods, and iPads reduces the likelihood of medication errors. Mobile technology helps nursing students immediately access information on safe dosages, drug interactions, and medication compatibility. With mobile technology,
nurses do not have to locate pharmaceutical references or contact a pharmacist for dosage and medication information. The information that they need is right at their fingertips.
Research shows that nurses become more engaged in the learning process when their training includes handheld devices.
According to an article in AdvanceWeb, “Kent State University College of Nursing undergraduates use seven mobile
references to develop conceptual care maps on clinical patients…Students ‘map out’ their patient assessment data, history, medications, lab values and treatments prior to documenting the reasons for each medication and lab value deviation and developing a patient-centered plan of care.”
Additionally, course textbook availability no longer becomes an issue. Mobile technology provides the most up-to-date information, and nursing students can immediately incorporate this information into the classroom.
The software for smartphones and tablets is much less expensive than the cost of medical books, and nursing students can use the software to complete assignments throughout the course.
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