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Developing information literacy skills in re-registration nurses: An experimental study of teaching methods

Brettle, AJ and Raynor, MJ 2012, 'Developing information literacy skills in re-registration nurses: An experimental study of teaching methods' , Nurse Education Today, 33 (2) , pp. 103-109.

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Aim To compare the effectiveness of an online information literacy tutorial with a face-to-face session for teaching information literacy skills to nurses. Design Randomised control trial. Participants Seventy-seven first year undergraduate pre-registration diploma nursing students. Intervention Online in-house information literacy tutorial Comparison One hour face-to-face session, covering the same material as the intervention, delivered by the nursing subject librarian. Methods Search histories were scored using a validated checklist covering keyword selection, Boolean operators, truncation and synonyms. Skills retention was measured at 1month using the same checklist. Inferential statistics were used to compare search skills within and between groups pre and post-session. Results The searching skills of first year pre-registration nursing students improve following information literacy sessions (p<0.001), and remain unchanged 1month later, regardless of teaching method. The two methods produce a comparable improvement (p=0.263). There is no improvement or degradation of skills 1month post-session for either method (p=0.216). Conclusion Nurses Information literacy skills improve after both face-to-face and online instruction. There is no skills degradation at 1month post-intervention for either method.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: information literacy; nurses; experimental study; randomised controlled trial; evidence based practice
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Schools > No Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Education Today
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0260-6917
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: AJ Brettle
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2013 14:53
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 18:13

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