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Journal Article (Refereed)
January 2012

Developing information literacy skills in re-registration nurses: an exerimental study of teaching methods

Brettle, A & Raynor, M 2012, 'Developing information literacy skills in re-registration nurses: an exerimental study of teaching methods', Nurse Education Today.

Abstract

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.

Authors

SEEK Members

External Authors

Michael Raynor

Publication Details

Journal Name
Nurse Education Today