Distance Education in Nursing

Distance Education in Nursing

Distance Education in Nursing

Distance Education in Nursing

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The second edition of the award winning "Distance Education in Nursing" continues to offer basic introductory information on distance teaching and learning and now brings the application of newly developed computer technology to this environment. Each chapter provides real-life distance education experiences of both teachers and students, and describes ways in which distance education has enhanced the quality of their nursing education. As a nurse educator, whether novice or expert, you will benefit from this book, written by such distinguished contributors as Diane Billings, Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, and Marilyn H. Oermann.

Excerpt

This second edition of Distance Education in Nursing is intended for every nurse educator from novice to expert. It addresses issues that cut across a wide spectrum of concerns related to distance education. The focus is on the impact of technology on the way that we practice nursing and, in particular, the effect of technology on how students learn. The chapters in this book give a cross section of ideas from various nursing programs across the country, as well as basic information for those who are thinking about applying some part of technology to their educational, clinical, and research endeavors.

This book has three sections. Chapters in Part 1 focus on faculty, students, and teaching strategies. Part 2 describes the experiences of specific programs, and Part 3 discusses the future of distance education.

The chapters in this second edition demonstrate the progress made in understanding the use of technology in nursing education and even more importantly the questions that need to be asked about the use of technology in the educational process. We continue to see the application of technology in our work and everyday lives and know that we could not live without it, but how we use it to improve the education of our students and the accessibility of knowledge and new competencies acquired at a distance are still questions that need answers. It is evident from the information in this book that our sophistication in the application of technology has grown immensely in the last five years.

Nurses are assuming demanding professional responsibilities related to technology in their work. These responsibilities raise important questions about the application of technology in education, clinical practice, and research for all health care professionals. Electronic information has become a central component of the practice of nursing and represents a set of challenges that, although exciting and futuristic, often seem overwhelming and frustrating. Where are we headed and what do we . . .

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