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Digital Storytelling: An Innovative Technological Approach to Nursing Education

Price, Deborah M. DNP, RN; Strodtman, Linda PhD, RN; Brough, Elizabeth PhD, RN; Lonn, Steven PhD; Luo, Airong PhD

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000094
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This study investigated the impact of using digital stories in promoting deeper understanding in nursing students about palliative care concepts. Students (N = 134) created a 5-minute narrated digital story utilizing VoiceThread technology that synthesized and applied knowledge that had been presented in class and course readings. Postsurvey and focus group evaluation data revealed that through the writing and sharing of digital stories, students embraced the personal and complex nature of palliative care.

Author Affiliations: Clinical Assistant Professor (Dr Price), Assistant Professor Emerita (Dr Strodtman), Clinical Instructor (Dr Brough), School of Nursing, University of Michigan; Assistant Director and Library Learning Analytics Specialist (Dr Lonn), USE Lab, University of Michigan; and Research Area Specialist Lead (Dr Luo), Medical School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Price, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, 400 N Ingalls Rd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (

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Accepted for publication: August 23, 2014

Published online before print: October 4, 2014

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