Sustaining Technology in Practice: Student Experiences in the Community Health Nursing Clinical Setting at a Multicultural, Public, and Urban College

By Aida L. Egues and Leighsa Sharoff.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Nurse educators face the expectation of creating student environments that support and sustain use of technology as part of contemporary practice aimed at enhancement of client health. Yet, educational, health, and socioeconomic disparities within multicultural, urban settings pose challenges to nursing faculty as they facilitate preparing future community health nurses. One way nursing schools and nurse educators may be able and willing to continue to use advanced, evolving technology within the educational setting is through the use of mobile, wireless technology, such as a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). The purpose of this research was to investigate where scant literature can be found, that is, how multicultural nursing students in a public, urban college experience use of the PDA as a technological learning aid in various clinical sites, including the community health nursing clinical setting. This qualitative naturalistic pilot study, funded as a Teaching and Learning with Technology Development Grant, was designed to contribute to the science of new trends and experiences in teaching and learning, specifically to enhance undergraduate nursing education through the use of technology. Focus group methodology employing sessions with nine study participants revealed that PDA use: (1) enhanced students’ technological adoption; (2) assisted in day-to-day practicality; (3) assisted as an educational aid; (4) increased students’ technology informatics mastery; (5) enhanced students’ professionalism via increased confidence; and (6) enhanced students’ awareness of the complexities in client care provision. The study highlights that schools of nursing facing socioeconomic challenges still have the responsibility to adopt, embrace, and sustain the most current information and technological aids with an eye on providing optimal client care across all clinical settings. In fact, findings from the study have influenced the current adoption of mandatory PDA provision for all undergraduate nursing students at the multicultural, public, urban college where the research took place.

Keywords: Technology, Community Health Nursing, Multicultural, Public, Urban Setting, Personal Digital Assistant

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.117-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 631.035KB).

Dr. Aida L. Egues

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Department of Nursing, New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Dr. Egues is a professional registered nurse in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Educational Leadership, from Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Dr. Egues is a Certified Nurse Educator, a Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified, and an Advanced Public Health Nurse - Board Certified. A nurse educator for over a decade, Dr. Egues is a multiple award recipient (2008 RN Excellence NY/NJ Regional Award Finalist, Nursing Spectrum, in the Mentoring Category; National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. Silver Award, School Community Health Project, 2008 Community Health Projects Program for the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring for Professional Advancement Project, and Health Fair and Nursing Professional Recruitment Projects; Leadership and Mentoring Roles with Students award by the City University of New York for dedication to student club involvement and outstanding community outcomes). During her nursing career, Dr. Egues has engaged in research and teaching in the areas of community health nursing, consortium development, epidemiology, grants writing, program development, public health nursing, and training for exciting entities such as the American Red Cross, Area Health Education Centers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Tuberculosis Center as well as numerous public and private universities.

Leighsa Sharoff

Associate Professor, Nursing, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, New York, USA

Leighsa Sharoff, EdD, RN, NPP, AHN-BC is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Simulation at the City University of New York at Hunter College School of Nursing. Dr. Sharoff is an advanced holistic nurse practitioner as well as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is an experienced holistic nurse educator who incorporates a holistic nursing philosophy to teaching medical/surgical, obstetrics and psychiatric nursing clinical.


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