Virtual Community Internships in the Classroom: Testing an Intervention : Nurse Educator

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Virtual Community Internships in the Classroom

Testing an Intervention

Ward, Louise S. PhD, RN; Killian, Penny MSN, RN

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Nurse Educator 36(1):p 40-44, January 2011. | DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e3182001e6c


The complexity of community-oriented practice can be difficult to convey to undergraduate nursing students. A modified problem-based learning (PBL) unit with virtual nursing "internships" was tested as a means of conveying the interrelatedness of community nursing practice. A total of 184 accelerated, second-degree nursing students, enrolled in either of 2 academic quarters, participated in the quasi-experimental study. Findings indicate that modified PBL and virtual internships hold promise for teaching community nursing concepts.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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