Help is just a text away: The use of short message service texting to provide an additional means of support for health care students during practice placements

Young, P., Moore, E., Griffiths, G., Raine, R., Stewart, R., Cownie, M. and Frutos-Perez, M. (2010) Help is just a text away: The use of short message service texting to provide an additional means of support for health care students during practice placements. Nurse Education Today, 30 (2). pp. 118-123. ISSN 0260-6917

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2009.06.010

Abstract

This article discusses the findings from a pilot study using short message service (SMS) texting to provide an additional means of support for health care students in practice placements. Pre-registration students were recruited students from 2nd year cohorts in Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Radiography to pilot the use of SMS texting with their private mobile phones from their work-based learning placements. The pilot was evaluated using an online questionnaire for students with follow-up telephone interviews, and face-to-face interviews with the four tutors. Data on the use of the service by students was also collated. Although the students made less use of the service than was anticipated, both staff and students were positive about the potential of this type of communication in providing an additional form of support for students in placements.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:texting, mobile technology, placements, student support
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences
ID Code:10429
Deposited By: Dr Pat2 Young
Deposited On:21 Jul 2010 12:54
Last Modified:09 Oct 2013 14:18

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