Internet-Generation Nursing Students' View of Technology-Based Health Care

Authors Thijs van Houwelingen , Roelof Ettema , Helianthe Kort , Olle Ten Cate
Published in Journal of Nursing Education
Publication date 2017
Research groups Lifestyle and Health
Type Article


BACKGROUND: Today's nursing school applicants are considered “digital natives.” This study investigated students' views of new health care technologies. METHOD: In a cross-sectional survey among first-year nursing students, 23 common nursing activities and five telehealth nursing activities were presented along with three statements: “I consider this a core task of nursing,” “I look forward to becoming trained in this task,” and “I think I will do very well in performing this task.” RESULTS: Internet-generation nursing students (n = 1,113) reported a significantly (p ⩽ .001) less positive view of telehealth activities than of common nursing activities. Median differences were 0.7 (effect size [ES], −0.54), 0.4 (ES, −0.48), and 0.3 (ES, −0.39), measured on a 7-point scale. CONCLUSION: Internet-generation nursing students do not naturally have a positive view of technology-based health care provision. The results emphasize that adequate technology and telehealth education is still needed for nursing students. [J Nurs Educ. 2017;56(12):717–724.]

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Language English
Published in Journal of Nursing Education
Year and volume 56 12
Key words studenten, verpleegkunde, internet, digitale vaardigheden, onderwijs
Page range 717-724

Thijs van Houwelingen

Thijs van Houwelingen

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Technology for Healthcare Innovations