Sunday, August 17, 2014

Research study on mobile technology and Nursing

Mobile learning in nursing practice education: Applying Koole’s FRAME model.  Kenny, R., Van Neste-Kenny, J., Park, C., Burton, P., & Meiers, J. (2009).  Journal of Distance Education/Revenue de l’Education A Distance, 23(3), 75-96.  Retrieved from

I enjoyed reading this article, as anything that helps nurses, is of interest to me.  I also know one of the authors, so this made it even more interesting to see this article used.  
This article is about an exploratory formative evaluation on 3rd year nursing students who were provided with mobile devices.  The mobile devices were supplied to the participants to see if they would work to decrease the isolation of students in non-traditional practice experiences.  This study was done over a five week period, with the participants receiving two hours of training on how to use the mobile device and the programs. The authors were surprised by their results and did offer advice for the next researchers that may want to do a similar study. 
It would be interesting to see how the authors would do this study today.  Mobile technology has grown exponentially since 2009,  I think that most nurses now would and do use their own mobile devices in their nursing programs and when working on the floors.  I know many of the Practical Nursing students I speak to have downloaded the Davis's Drug Guide and anything else that helps them in their practice experience, onto their own phones.  Even now in hospital they have proven that cell signals do not interfere with medical devices and do allow nurses to carry their phones with them.
Having spent 5 years in home care, having a cell phone to keep in touch is a necessity.  Safety was a high priority, so being able to reach staff was very important.  Also in home care there is a lot of travel between clients, so knowing people are safe is a must.  I really thank Kenny et al. for writing this paper and opening the door for discussion.  


  1. Shelley -this was one of my favourite journal articles, encompassing usage data and participant feedbacks. I thought of you while reading this article!

    1. I was excited to see this article and I am sure glad to see you were also. Thanks for your comment Kathy!

  2. Hi Shelley, I also enjoyed reading this article. I think for the research to progress in this area a change first needs to occur within the hospital culture by addressing the policies that preclude the use of wireless devices.
    I look forward to learning more about the FRAME model used for this research and am already thinking of ways to implement this in my line of work.

    1. Michelle, I fully agree with you on the hospital culture having to change. Some of the hospitals here in BC are relaxing the rule on cell phone usage within certain areas of the hospital, which would make for better results of this study. The two cities that this college has campuses in are building brand new hospitals, so maybe there will be some new technology in building materials that keep the sensitive areas safe from cell signals.

      Thanks for your comment!