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Does experiential learning improve knowledge gains and retention among nurses?

Nursing Research at Mount Sinai
 
Authors

M. Beduz, M. Manske, I. Wu-Lau

  
Project Title

Does experiential learning improve knowledge gains and retention among nurses?
  

Description

At Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH), elearning is used to describe computer-based learning (CBL) that is completed using a learning management system (LMS). Courses offered through the LMS have followed a blended learning design where courses consist of both an eLearning component followed by an instructor led experiential workshop (ILEW).

eLearning has been shown to be a feasible option for educating. However there are few studies comparing CBL effectiveness with other instructional methods. As such, the following research question was proposed: Among newly employed nurses at MSH on an inpatient adult unit, does receiving a blended learning intervention versus an eLearning intervention result in significant difference in knowledge gained? 

A pilot study involving newly employed nurses on inpatient adult units who are required to complete a Wound and Skin Care Course in their first year of employment was conducted.  Nurses were randomized either to receiving a blended learning intervention or to receiving an eLearning intervention.  Differences in knowledge gained were measured immediately pre, post and at 6 weeks using a 21-item test.  

Descriptive statistics were conducted to describe study groups and parametric statistics were used to evaluate between group differences.  Positive results for the blended learning intervention have been identified through participant test results and feedback. 

The study results can be utilized to influence nursing education and knowledge translation methodologies to support nursing practice and point of care activities and ensure better patient outcomes.
  

Contact Information

Mary Agnes Beduz
Director, Nursing Education and Development
416 586 – 4800 Extension 2351

 

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