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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The quality of on-line communication in a national learning programme for newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals
Author(s): Lauder, William
Roxburgh, Michelle
Atkinson, John
Banks, Pauline
Kane, Helen
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Keywords: Transition
On-line learning
Nurse education
Nursing Social aspects
Nurses and nursing
Nursing care
Issue Date: May-2011
Date Deposited: 28-Jun-2011
Citation: Lauder W, Roxburgh M, Atkinson J, Banks P & Kane H (2011) The quality of on-line communication in a national learning programme for newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. Nurse Education in Practice, 11 (3), pp. 206-210.
Abstract: Asynchronous communication has become the dominant mode of on-line instruction and has been incorporated into Flying Start NHS, an on-line programme for newly qualified NMAHPs in the transition phase from student to registered practitioner. On-line programmes have a number of objectives including the delivery of educational materials and the development of on-line communities. This study sought to provide a direct and objective understanding of the quality of the on-line community within Flying Start NHS and give an indication of areas of strength and weakness. The study used mixed methods including a Gricean analysis of on-line communication focusing on quantity, quality, relevance, and manner, and a thematic analysis of communication content. There was little evidence that students engaged in the type of interactive communication essential for creating on-line learning communities. The majority of postings related to progression through Flying Start. The small number of communications which did begin to engage with the learning materials were limited with little evidence of the development of critical debate. Analysis of the qualitative data indicates that the period of transition continues to be stressful with Flying Start NHS being undertaken concurrently with local CPD being seen as duplication of effort.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.nepr.2010.09.002
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