An exploration of social participation in Caribbean student nurses' use of social media in their learning journey

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Cathala, X., Ocho, O., Mcintosh, N., Watts, P. and Moorley, C. (2022). An exploration of social participation in Caribbean student nurses' use of social media in their learning journey. Journal of Advanced Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15499
AuthorsCathala, X., Ocho, O., Mcintosh, N., Watts, P. and Moorley, C.
Abstract

Aims: To identify how social participation facilitates pre-registration student nurses learning and professional development using social media.
Design: A social survey using thematic analysis to explore Caribbean student nurses' views of social media usage from an open-ended question in a survey.
Methods: A qualitative analysis of student nurses from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, who completed an open-ended question in a survey. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.
Results/Findings: The three themes identified were: (1) Social media and communica-tion; (2) Social media and self-care; and (3) Social media and learning.
Conclusion: This paper used qualitative evidence to identify and report a new way of viewing SoMe in nursing education as a student- centred educational learning tool. SoMe can improve the effectiveness of student nurses learning, while developing fundamen-tal skills (open- mindedness, critical thinking, professionalism and decision- making) for nursing practice. Social participation and connectivism theory are embedded in student nurses' learning journey. However, it has been used by student nurses outside the tradi-tional university teaching and their capacity to own their personal learning. To meet the new generation of student nurses' learning needs, it is important that higher education institutions develop guidance, support and use of social media for learning to support student nurses in their education as students and also future professionals.
Impact: This study addresses how social participation is used in social media to con-tribute to Caribbean student nurses' education. The main finding is the introduction of a new learning theory supporting learning using social media. This study has an impact on using social media for learning.
Patient or Public Contribution: No patient or public contribution.

KeywordsGeneral Nursing
Year2022
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
PublisherWiley
ISSN0309-2402
1365-2648
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15499
Publication dates
Online19 Nov 2022
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Accepted31 Oct 2022
Deposited05 Dec 2022
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Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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