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An Application to Encourage Information Seeking Among Nursing Students

Waldrop, Julee DNP, RN, FNP, PNP, CNE, FAANP; Wink, Diane EdD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000235
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Twitter is a social networking application that has seen limited evaluation in nursing education. The aim of this study was to determine if Twitter could be used to stimulate further exploration about current clinical and professional topics with nurse practitioner students. The students used Twitter to receive tweets on clinical and professional topics from the instructor throughout the semester: 75% demonstrated willingness to follow the links in the tweets to seek more information, and 87% expressed a desire to receive the tweets even after the semester was over.

Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Waldrop), School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Professor Emeritus (Dr Wink), College of Nursing, University of Central Florida, Orlando.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Waldrop, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB 7460, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (

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Accepted for publication: November 8, 2015

Published ahead of print: December 15, 2015

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