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Environmental health and nursing: piloting a technology-enhanced distance learning module.

Authors
Olson-D; Stedman-Smith-M; Fredrickson-A
Source
AAOHN J 2005 Aug; 53(8):353-359
NIOSHTIC No.
20037471
Abstract
The results of a pilot study evaluating a technology-enhanced distance learning module to impart environmental health core concepts to nurses are presented in this article. The internet-based module was developed for continuing professional education and imparts principles of adult education through interactive features including simulated clinical vignettes, an environmental justice case study, and hyperlinks to websites related to environmental protection and health regulation. Mean gains between pre- and post-tests; participant identification of adult learning principles as advanced by Knowles, Holton, and Swanson (1998); and satisfaction were measured among participating RNs (N = 34). A 6% mean gain in learning occurred between pre- and post-tests (95% CI .51 to 1.37, p < .0001). No significant differences in learning occurred for those who prefer face-to-face instruction and those who tend to procrastinate. Ninety-four percent of respondents indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied with the module. A strong association was found between recognition of adult learning principles as enhancing the assimilation of knowledge and competencies of environmental health and high satisfaction with the module. Distance learning via the Internet shows promise as a format to promote environmental health education for nurses.
Keywords
Education; Educational-resource-centers; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Nurses
Contact
University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20050801
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008434
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0891-0162
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
MN
Performing Organization
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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