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