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Q: How are nurses using the internet? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: How are nurses using the internet?
Category: Health
Asked by: question_will-ga
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Posted: 16 Nov 2006 08:01 PST
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Question ID: 783232
I need some statistics surrounding nurses (RN,NP,PA) usage of the
internet to learn about new products and diseases. Also, any case
studies on how companies or groups have been successful at reaching
them, i.e. email, search, custom communities, etc

I need this by the end of the day, so I will have to close this if I
get no response.
Subject: Re: How are nurses using the internet?
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 16 Nov 2006 12:02 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again Question_will,

Below you will find the results of my research for statistics
regarding internet use in nursing.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) conducted the 2006
AANP Membership Survey in April 2006.

?Sixty-eight percent of respondents indicated that they used the
Internet daily and 72% used E-mail daily. This is a significant
increase from the 2003 results, in which 45% and 54%, respectively,
used the Internet and E-mail daily. In the latest survey only a very
small percentage indicated that they did not use Internet (1.3%) or
Email (1.9%) at all. A series of options asked respondents to identify
the purposes for which they used internet.
Chart 1 depicts the responses to this item, with comparisons to 2003.
The most dramatic increases occurred in the use of Internet for CE
activities and clinical consultation.?

Chart 1
Uses of Internet             2003     2006
Contract Negot. Info           8.7     13.1
Practice Agreement Info        9.6     15.6
Academic Use                  18       20.2
Employment Sch                24.9     29.6
Salary Info                   22.8     29.7
Clinical Consult              24.5     33.8
Leg/Reg Info                  41.8     47.8
Clinical/Practice Info        72.3     72
CE                            52.7     73

?Regarding the usefulness of various AANP online resources, AANP CE
and clinical update links were ranked as the two most useful online
resources, followed by legislative/regulatory resources, patient
education materials, and pharmaceutical updates. CE was ranked as the
most useful AANP and AANP affiliate service, followed by the
AANPSmartbrief, Computer-based certification, online AANP services,
and the AANP PAC.?

?The majority (78%) of respondents preferred inperson lectures as a
means of earning CE. However, the respondents indicated that they had
completed a wide variety of types of CE over the preceding two-year
period. Journal-based activities being most frequently selected (53%),
followed by computer/internet based programs (45%) and local NP
meetings (44%). Others selected by 20-41% of respondents included:
PriMed meetings, state-level NP meetings, DVD/CD programs, AANP
national conferences, other national NP conferences, non-journal print
activities, and live webcasts.?

?Management of clinical conditions and pharmaceutical conditions were
the top ranked topical areas of interest (82% and 79% respectively),
followed by evidence based practice (64%) and health promotion (43%).
32 and 36% identified interest in each of the following areas:
Regulation/Health Policy, Psychosocial, Complementary/Integrative, and
Practice Management/Business Skills. ?

See Table 6. 
Reasons for Maintaining AANP Membership

AANP 2006 Membership Survey


Nursing Center provides nurse community surveys


Do you have ready access to the Internet at work to seek clinical information?
Yes:  	   81.27% 
No:  	   18.73%

Have you ever used an online service or website as part of a job search?
Yes:  	   56.43% 
No:  	   43.57%

Which of the following technologies are in use at your facility?
Bar coding systems for medication administration:  	27.07% 
Computer prescriber order entry :  	                24.06% 
Electronic patient healthcare records :  	        48.87%

Do you use the Internet as a resource for patient education materials?
Yes:  	   88.25% 
No:  	   11.75%

Does your facility provide Internet access at work? 
Yes:  	   76.22% 
No:  	   23.78%

Do you own a personal digital assistant (PDA)? 
Yes:  	   38.01% 
No:  	   61.99%


Central and peripheral information source use among rural and remote
Registered Nurses

?This paper reports a study examining the use of central (colleagues,
inservice and newsletters) and peripheral information sources
(Internet, library, journal subscriptions and continuing education)
among a large sample of rural and remote nurses and explores the
factors associated with the use of particular peripheral information

?There have been few studies of the specific sources of information
accessed by Registered Nurses, particularly rural or remote nurses,
and the characteristics of nurses and their organizations that are
associated with the use of particular information sources.?

?Nursing colleagues ranked as the information source most frequently
used, and the Internet and library ranked lowest. On average, nurses
used a statistically significantly greater number of central than
peripheral sources. Peripheral information source use was higher among
nurses who had access to current information, opportunities to share
their knowledge with others, higher education levels, were in
positions of authority and worked with healthcare students. The
associations between age and geographical location varied according to
the peripheral information source under consideration.?

Central and peripheral information source use among rural and remote
Registered Nurses
(2006)  Journal of Advanced Nursing


Evaluation of interactive online courses for advanced practice nurses

?The purpose of this study was twofold: (a) to examine the
effectiveness of two interactive online learning modules for advanced
practice nurses (APNs) and (b) to examine the participants'
demographic characteristics and their perceptions of the strengths and
weaknesses of online learning.?

?The findings of this study support case-based online learning as a
successful method in the education of APNs. The evaluation of the
online modules and the enthusiasm from students indicated success of
this teaching/learning method. The majority of learners responded
positively toward the online method of learning and included comments
that indicated they enjoyed learning using this method, would like to
have the site available at their practice locations for reference, and
would like to have other courses designed and delivered in this

?The future of online education is dependent on well-structured,
interactive, and substantive programs. Educators are challenged to
continually assess and evaluate the changing learning needs of APNs.?

Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 17 Page 85 - March 2005


Nurses' use of online clinical evidence

?The information explosion' presents a significant challenge to the
nursing profession. One way to assist access to information is to
provide electronic information resources at the point of care. A
large-scale survey of nurses working in the public health system in
New South Wales, Australia, was undertaken as part of a 2-year
evaluation of the Clinical Information Access Program (CIAP). This is
a website which provides 24 hour, online access to a range of evidence
sources at the point of care.?

? This paper reports a study to investigate factors influencing
nurses' use of online evidence available at the point of care and to
examine differences between nurses in different roles.?


?The results showed that 58% of nurses had heard of the CIAP and, of
those, 70% had used the website's resources. Senior nurses had greater
awareness and use than others. The most frequent reasons for use were
to fill a knowledge gap and for personal education. Lack of training
was the most frequently cited reason for not using the website. Use of
online evidence, particularly amongst senior staff, was higher than
reported in previous studies.?


?Use of online evidence was associated with nursing role, and with
managerial and organizational support. Diffusion of innovation theory
can help to explain some of the patterns observed. The use and impact
of online evidence should be interpreted in the context of nursing
practice and culture.?

Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 47 Page 201  - July 2004
Nurses' use of online clinical evidence


Nursing intranet for communication and knowledge management

?Leveraging on staff's familiarity with the global Internet and the
Hospital Information Technology infrastructure, nurses at Singapore
General Hospital (SGH) first took the challenge to design and develop
an in-house intranet, which serves as a communication network in 1997.
This nursing intranet was further enhanced using multi-media
technology to develop e-learning modules on nursing specialty,
skill-based, and audio slides presentation training. In addition, it
also serves as a repository for policies, operational, nursing
procedure documents and catalogue of forms, patient instruction
pamphlets. Nurses can easily print all these forms and teaching
brochures on-line. The nursing intranet offers cost-effective solution
for distributing information through virtual network and accessible
from over 700 points in SGH, 6 other affiliated medical institutions,
and from nurses' homes too.?



Working the Net
?Online forums and conferences can help nurses to communicate and
share effective practice quickly. Sometimes known as social software,
the technology enables online conversation between two or more
colleagues...Nurses are expected to keep abreast of advanced knowledge
and to share ideas for developing good practice. The information
technology Nursing Standard' - published September 2006

?Open access publishing offers nurses a new way of finding the latest
research and evidence. Imagine if clinical research findings were
instantly available at a terminal near you for little or no cost.
Demand for open access material is growing fast and though popular
with scientists and doctors, is yet to gather pace in nursing...?
Nursing Standard - published October 2006

Writing on the Wire 
?For many nurses, using the internet is an essential aspect of their
work. Publishing online brings opportunities for interaction with
fellow professionals. The possibilities are endless: from creating
your own website to contributing to major publications and speaking at
online conferences.?
Nursing Standard - published August 2006

?The information revolution has affected the nursing profession in
many areas. Internet communication in particular is a popular method
of sharing good practice. A blog is an online journal where the writer
posts personal news, which visitors can then comment on. Blogging has
enabled millions of people to have a public voice and connect with
like-minded individuals.

? Although nurses have been slower to adopt the practice, surveys show
that up to 25 per cent of internet users read blogs, so it is an ideal
way to reach a wide audience.?
Nursing Standard - published April 2006

Jane Redford Jones


Results for Scotland from the RCN Employment Survey 2005

Participation in CPD activities 
Nurses in Scotland are more likely to cite internet based study (29%,
UK 23%), study based on journals (47%, UK 42%) and distance learning
(15%, UK 9%) but are less likely to have undertaken study days (78%,
UK 81%) and courses (24%, UK 28%).


Here are the most popular nursing websites and portales according to
the Alexa ranking.

Search terms
Nurses nursing Internet web access email technology case studies white papers

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
question_will-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Great response, thanks for getting it to me so quickly.

Subject: Re: How are nurses using the internet?
From: bobbie7-ga on 16 Nov 2006 13:07 PST

Thank you very much for the five star rating and nice tip!


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