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Online Nurse Education

Klobas, J.ORCID: 0000-0003-2146-7059, Sementina, C. and Renzi, S. (2008) Online Nurse Education. In: Wickramasinghe, N. and Geisler, E., (eds.) Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems. Idea Group Inc (IGI), Hershey, PA, pp. 1024-1031.

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In many countries, healthcare professionals are required to participate annually in compulsory continuing medical education (CME). The effort involved in providing wide-scale training led the Italian Ministry of Health to support pilot courses using online distance learning. This article reports the results of a short survey which aimed to gauge the potential of online CME for nurses in Italy. Most of the 152 respondents, all of whom had completed an online course, supported the inclusion of some form of collaborative learning. Three possible market segments for online learning emerged from the study: nurses who prefer to study alone, those who would appreciate collaborative activities well-integrated into course design, and those who would prefer courses that include online collaboration of any kind. The authors conclude that online learning is a suitable mode for enabling participation in CME for accreditation, but caution that further research is required to confirm that the preferences of nurses who have experienced online distance learning are shared by those who have not.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Idea Group Inc (IGI)
Copyright: © 2008 IGI Global
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