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6th World Nursing and Healthcare Conference

London, UK

Eman Fateel & Prof. Seamus Cowman

Eman Fateel & Prof. Seamus Cowman

Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland, Bahrain

Title: Learning approaches and experiences of student nurses following the introduction of eBooks into an undergraduate nursing programme in Bahrain
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Biography

Biography: Eman Fateel & Prof. Seamus Cowman

Abstract

Since the foundation of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at RCSI Bahrain in 2006, students’ were provided with textbooks and a laptop as a part of the programme funding arrangements. We were conscious of the high level of usage of IPhones and social media among young people and we believed that this could be harnessed in learning approaches for nursing students. The 2014 entry nursing students’ year 1 (N1) and year 2 (N2) were provided with eBooks as an alternative to textbooks. eBooks are consistent with our emphasis on blended, independent and flexible learning approaches. A longitudinal descriptive study with data collection through surveys and focus-group interviews was approved through the ethics committee. Our preliminary findings reflected no difference in examination results compared to previous cohorts. Overall N1 students favoured eBooks when compared to N2 students who used textbooks in year 1. eBooks facilitated the accessibility of wide ranging learning materials through different platforms at any time and any place in formal and informal locations; stimulated peer-to-peer interactions and supportive learning. Difficulties reported related to the artifact of the digital technology and system unfamiliarity and highlighted the need for continuous technology support and guidance for students while using eBooks. Important patterns of eBook usage and learning were identified through technology platform records. The study will provide important educational insights into Arab nursing students’ learning and studying approaches in Bahrain where no previous studies have taken place.


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