iMidwife: midwifery students’ use of smartphone technology as a mediated educational tool in clinical environments

Annemarie DeLeo, Sadie Geraghty

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Abstract

Background: The increasing use of smartphone technology in health care provides midwifery students with unprecedented access to online resources that facilitates the optimal care of women and supports ongoing learning.

Problem: A small pilot study was conducted in Western Australia, with 29 undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery students to explore the use of smartphone technology whilst in clinical practice.

Aim: This study aimed to define the impact of smartphones in clinical decision-making and learning whilst in clinical areas, by midwifery students at the point of care.

Methods: An online survey was used to collect data.

Findings: Five consistent themes were identified from the results. Smartphone technology encourages self-directed learning, consolidation of theory, engagement through blended learning, complements online education in clinical practice and is a trend in the future of midwifery curriculum.

Conclusion: Smartphones enhance the learning and mobility of supportive resources that consolidate midwifery students’ clinical experience in workplace environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-531
Number of pages10
JournalContemporary Nurse
Volume54
Issue number4-5
Early online date18 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

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