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The iPad: Tablet Technology to Support Nursing and Midwifery Student LearningAn Evaluation in Practice


CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: March 2015 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p 93–98
doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000131
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This research explored the impact of tablet technology, in the form of Apple iPads, on undergraduate nursing and midwifery students’ learning outcomes. In simulated clinical learning environments, first-year nursing students (n = 30) accessed apps and reference materials on iPads. Third-year nursing students (n = 88) referred to clinical guidelines to aid their decision making when problem solving. First-year midwifery students (n = 25) filmed themselves undertaking a skill and then immediately played back the video file. A total of 45 students completed an online questionnaire that allowed for qualitative comments. Students reported finding the use of iPads easy and that iPads provided point-of-care access to resources, ensuring an evidence-based approach to clinical decision making. iPads reportedly improved student efficiency and time management, while improving their ability to provide patient education. Students who used iPads for the purpose of formative self-assessment appreciated the immediate feedback and opportunity to develop clinical skills.

Author Affiliation: Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Corresponding author: Janie Brown, PhD, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University, Kent St, Bentley, Perth, Western Australia (

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