The use of tablet PCs to access an electronic portfolio in the clinical setting: A pilot study using undergraduate nursing students

Bogossian, Fiona E., Kellett, Susan E. M. and Mason, Beau (2009) The use of tablet PCs to access an electronic portfolio in the clinical setting: A pilot study using undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Education Today, 29 2: 246-253. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2008.09.001

Author Bogossian, Fiona E.
Kellett, Susan E. M.
Mason, Beau
Title The use of tablet PCs to access an electronic portfolio in the clinical setting: A pilot study using undergraduate nursing students
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
Publication date 2009-02
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2008.09.001
Volume 29
Issue 2
Start page 246
End page 253
Total pages 8
Editor Martin Johnson
Place of publication Churchill Livingstone
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject C1
920210 Nursing
1110 Nursing
130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Abstract Background In 2006, a digitalised clinical portfolio was introduced into an undergraduate nursing program. The use of a tablet personal computer (PC) with wireless broadband access could overcome issues around computer access in the clinical setting enhancing authenticity and timeliness of assessment. Methods In July 2007, a Hewlett–Packard TC 4400 tablet PC was issued to three participating students. A focus group utilising a semi-structured interview and a survey collected data from the students at the end of the trial to determine the effectiveness of the strategy. Results Participants used tablet PCs to access their portfolios. However, lack of space, busy wards and concerns about the security of the PCs limited their use in the clinical setting. The majority of their journal entries were made at home and within similar time frames to those prior to access to tablet PCs. Participants also used the PCs to provide education to other students and staff but were reluctant to use them in front of patients. Conclusion Barriers limiting the use of tablet PCs in the clinical setting may be overcome with greater proficiency in their utility and increased portability of the technology. Tablet PCs offer advantages related to and beyond portfolio use in the clinical setting.
Keyword Computers
Clinical education
Pilot study
Electronic portfolios
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