Types of ICT applications used and the skills’ level of nursing students in higher education: A cross-sectional survey

Harerimana, Alexis, and Mtshali, Ntombifikile Gloria (2019) Types of ICT applications used and the skills’ level of nursing students in higher education: A cross-sectional survey. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 11. 100163.

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Background: The healthcare system is increasingly becoming technology dependent; consequently, nurses in all regions of the world are expected to develop their information and communication technology (ICT) skills, and integrating ICT in the nursing curriculum is fundamental.

Aim: This study aims to explore the types of ICT applications used and the skills level of nursing students at a selected university in South Africa.

Methods: A non-experimental, descriptive quantitative research design was used in this study, and it was conducted at a selected university in South Africa. A total number of 150 nursing students participated in this study. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire and were analysed using SPSS version 25.

Findings: The majority of the respondents reported being skilled in using Word processing application (Ms Word) (86.7%), Ms PowerPoint (70.7%), Moodle (81.3%), and online resources (74.7%). However, 82% reported not being skilled to use SPSS for data analysis, and 65.3% were not skilled in using reference manager applications (EndNote). Data indicated that there was a progressive increase in skills with the level of the study, with upper levels being more skilled than the lower levels (K = 22.625, p = .001). The ownership of digital devices, such as laptops and tablets, was significantly associated with the skills level of using ICT applications (p < .05).

Conclusion: The use of technology in nursing education is essential to prepare future nurses for the information technology-rich workplace.

Item ID: 64516
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2214-1391
Keywords: nursing informatics, ICT in education, nursing students, technology in education, higher education
Copyright Information: © 2019 The Authors. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).
Funders: University of KwaZulu-Natal
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 19:39
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 70%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology @ 35%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 35%
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