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Mobile Applications in Nursing Education and Practice

Airth-Kindree, Norah DNP, RN; Vandenbark, R. Todd MLS

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000041
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Students in an RN-BSN completion program capstone course investigated and critically evaluated mobile medical applications using an information literacy conceptual framework. Students also analyzed their potential usefulness as a resource in nursing practice. Student evaluations focused on usability and applicability when recommending the use of mobile applications as a point-of-care reference tools. This pilot assignment offers an innovative teaching strategy for integrating 1 aspect of informatics instruction into the nursing curriculum.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Airth-Kindree), College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Assistant Professor (Mr Vandenbark), McIntyre Library, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Funding was received from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the purchase of mobile apps used in this project.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Airth-Kindree, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 105 Garfield Av, PO Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004 (airthknm@uwec.edu).

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Accepted for publication: February 24, 2014

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