Pre-Registration Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Digital Health Technology on the Future of Nursing: A Qualitative Exploratory Study

Pauline Wong (Leading Author), Gabrielle Brand (Leading Author), Samantha Dix, Dawn Choo, Nelly Foley, Zerina Lokmic-Tomkin (Leading Author)

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Background: Health informatics competencies, digital health education, and nursing students’ perceptions of technology are
critical to ensure a future digitally capable health care workforce.
Purpose: To explore preregistration students’ perceptions of digital health technology impact on their role as nurses.
Methods: Using a qualitative exploratory approach, students from 2 Australian universities were purposively sampled. Data
were collected through photo-elicitation from 3 focus groups and thematically analyzed. Photo-elicitation provided reference
points to encourage more in-depth exploration.
Results: Themes included fear of the unknown and who am I? Nursing in a digital world. Human interaction was fundamental
to their nursing role and digital health technology could depersonalize care, creating tension around their reason for choosing
a nursing career.
Conclusions: Educators should prepare students to redefine their nursing identity by exploring how digital health technology
augments their practice and critical thinking skills, while addressing fear of a perceived threat to the future of nursing.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Educator
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Dec 2023

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