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An exploration of social participation in Caribbean student nurses' use of social media in their learning journey

Cathala, X. ORCID: 0000-0002-4632-3804, Ocho, O. N., Mcintosh, N. , Watts, P. N. & Moorley, C. (2022). An exploration of social participation in Caribbean student nurses' use of social media in their learning journey. Journal of Advanced Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jan.15499

Abstract

Aims
To identify how social participation facilitates pre-registration student nurses learning and professional development using social media.

Design
A social survey using thematic analysis to explore Caribbean student nurses' views of social media usage from an open-ended question in a survey.

Methods
A qualitative analysis of student nurses from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, who completed an open-ended question in a survey. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results/Findings
The three themes identified were: (1) Social media and communication; (2) Social media and self-care; and (3) Social media and learning.

Conclusion
This paper used qualitative evidence to identify and report a new way of viewing SoMe in nursing education as a student-centred educational learning tool. SoMe can improve the effectiveness of student nurses learning, while developing fundamental skills (open-mindedness, critical thinking, professionalism and decision-making) for nursing practice. Social participation and connectivism theory are embedded in student nurses' learning journey. However, it has been used by student nurses outside the traditional university teaching and their capacity to own their personal learning. To meet the new generation of student nurses' learning needs, it is important that higher education institutions develop guidance, support and use of social media for learning to support student nurses in their education as students and also future professionals.

Impact
This study addresses how social participation is used in social media to contribute to Caribbean student nurses' education. The main finding is the introduction of a new learning theory supporting learning using social media. This study has an impact on using social media for learning.

Patient or Public Contribution
No patient or public contribution.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors. Journal of Advanced Nursing published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: Caribbean student nurses, education, learning theories, social media, social participation
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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