Nursing students respond to a computer assignment

Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, Barbara Thomas, Sharon McMahon

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Computer-generated information is becoming increasingly important in nursing. Nursing schools are faced with the need to ensure that students have basic informatics skills and rudimentary computer literacy. This article describes the introduction of an assignment using electronic communication skills within a teaching-learning course in a baccalaureate program. The assignment was designed to introduce the students to several tasks that would be useful to them in their studies as well as in their care of clients. Students learned to send electronic mail, post to a class list, use search engines, access libraries, and critique web pages. They developed increased confidence and skill, advancing from informed user to proficient user status as identified by Ronald & Skiba. The students' appraisal of the assignment in terms of value to their nursing education and their nursing careers indicated that they recognized the value of these skills for their professional nursing lives. Activities were monitored for content and technical glitches. Lessons learned are highlighted, and "inbox overload" is identified. The authors found that nursing curricula can be designed to meet the challenge of fostering computer literacy. The assignment could be easily adapted for continuing education or other professional education endeavors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-58
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication
  • Computer skills
  • Internet
  • Nursing education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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