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Title: Using blogs for facilitating and connecting nurse educator candidates
Authors: Papastavrou, Evridiki 
Hamari, Lotta 
Fuster, Pilar 
Istomina, Natalja 
Salminen, Leena Kaarina 
Keywords: Blog analysis;Blogging;Nurse educator candidate;Qualitative descriptive study;Social media
Category: Health Sciences
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2016
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Source: Nurse Education Today, 2016, Volume 45, Pages 35-41
Abstract: Background Social media includes blog applications, which can be used as online journals or diaries that encourages interaction and collaboration within an online community. The aim of this study was to explore and describe the use of blog writing as learning journals during a short course for nurse educator candidates about social media. Method A qualitative descriptive design was used. The participants were nurses, Bachelor, Master's and Doctoral students who intended to follow a career in education (N = 24, female n = 21, male n = 3, Mean age 37) from four different countries of the European Union. The blogs written during the course were used as a data collection method and the data was analyzed with qualitative content analysis. Results A total of 260 blogger posts and 372 peer comments were analyzed. Four main categories emerged from the analysis: 1) Course content, new knowledge, and changed views, 2) Reflection and critical thinking, 3) Encouraging and peer support and 4) Expressing feelings, experiences, and expectations. Conclusion Blogs are potential learning spaces in short courses in nurse educator education, especially in sharing feelings and experiences, enhancing an encouraging atmosphere, critical thinking, and reflection.
ISSN: 02606917
Rights: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd
Type: Article
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