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The Potential Use of “Blogs” in Nursing Education


CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: January/February 2005 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - pp 16-24
Continuing Education

Web logs, also known as “blogs,” are an emerging writing tool that are easy to use, are Internet-based, and can enhance health professionals' writing, communication, collaboration, reading, and information-gathering skills. Students from different disciplines, such as medicine, public health, business, library science, and journalism, garner knowledge from blogs as innovative educational tools. Healthcare professionals are expected to be competent in the use of information technology to be able to effectively communicate, manage information, diminish medical error, and support decision making. However, the use of blogs, as an interactive and effective educational method, has not been well documented by nurse educators.

School of Nursing, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

Corresponding author: Margaret Maag, EdD, RN, School of Nursing, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA (e-mail:

This article was written following the completion of an online discussion presented by Dr R. Schroeder to distance education learners enrolled in the Distance Education Program at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. This paper was accepted for presentation at the Ed Media conference in Lugano, Switzerland (June 2004).

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.