'On being locked out'. The Lived Experience of Mature, Female Student Nurses and their use of Information, Communication, Technology (ICT) in one undergraduate Pre-Registration Nursing Programme.

UoM administered thesis: Doctor of Education

  • Authors:
  • Lyndsey Mcphail

Abstract

The explosion of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) use over the last 10 years within healthcare, and particularly within nursing practice, is changing the ways in which patient care is delivered. However a concern highlighted by various policy review and research evidence is that barriers to ICT usage are experienced by some groups of student nurses, particularly those who are mature and female, in a way that constrains potential impact on their professional development. This research adds to and develops the research evidence in the field by examining in what ways, and the extent to which, a group of mature, female, nursing students utilise ICT within the boundaries of one pre-registration nursing programme based on partnership working between a School of Health situated within a large university and its related NHS Trusts. By way of a qualitative, case study approach this study examines the biographical, university and clinical placement use of ICT for this group of student nurses. Consideration is given to the interconnectedness of these experiences as these students begin to develop their professional identities and learning as nurses. The experiences of this group of students are determined through interviews and observation of clinical practice. Three research questions define the parameters of the research. These are: 1) How are mature, female nursing students accessing and using ICT within nursing education? 2) What are the barriers that may prevent mature, female students from accessing and using ICT within nursing education? 3) What actions do mature, female nursing students consider may be taken to improve their knowledge and subsequent use of ICT in both their academic studies and clinical placement work? Findings from the research suggest that experiences of ICT relate to biographical history and the extent to which student nurses are supported and encouraged to engage with ICT in their university programme and on clinical placement. In particular the data suggests that for many student nurses the feeling and experiences of being generationally, emotionally and hierarchically 'locked out' of using ICT raises real challenges for the extent to which government and regulatory policy is being effectively enacted for particular groups of student nurses. This study, therefore, contributes to knowledge in and around pedagogical practice for pre-registration nurse education programmes. In particular it raises the importance of locating policy development in this area around the explicit privileging and enabling of ICT usage in all practice situations. In other words the development of a collective efficacy in nurse pre-registration programmes that is suggestive of notions of being ICT 'logged in' rather than being 'locked out' for mature, female student nurses.

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Original languageEnglish
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Award date1 Aug 2016