Friday, 22 April 2016

The effectiveness of an e-learning course on medication calculation in nursing students

Aurélie Van Lancker
Katleen Baldewijns
Rik Verhaeghe
Hugo Robays
Franky Buyle
Roos Colman
Ann Van Hecke


The effectiveness of an e-learning course on medication calculation in nursing students: a clustered quasi-experimental study


A quasi-experimental study was set up to evaluate the effectiveness of an e-learning course on medication calculation skills compared to the most widely used teaching method, namely face to face teaching, in nursing students. The study revealed that an e-learning course and face-to-face teaching both had a positive effect on medication calculation skills. Students receiving traditional face-to-face education improved significantly better than the students receiving the e-learning program. Also, a subgroup analysis based on nursing degree (bachelor nursing students versus vocational level/sub-degree level nursing students) demonstrated that long-term improvements in medication calculation skills could only be observed in vocational-level nursing students receiving a face-to-face course. Our results indicate that despite the wide attention given to e-learning nowadays, nursing education programs should be careful when considering the integration of e-learning into their curriculum. Further research is needed on the components of e-learning courses which might positively influence nursing students medication calculation skills. Additionally, the results suggest that repetition is needed to ascertain continuous adequate medication calculation skills. Also, nursing educations programs should give consideration to attune their type of teaching on medication calculation to their students.



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