Title

Distance Learning and Nursing Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-1997

Department

Nursing

Abstract

This descriptive study investigated the use of distance learning programs in schools of nursing. Postcards were mailed to all members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, asking them about distance learning at their schools. Seven schools were selected for further interviews. Of the 353 schools (80%) that responded, 135 schools (38%) reported offering off-site courses. Forty-one schools reported plans for future offerings. The schools in this study offered a total of 33 master's and doctoral degrees by distance learning. A variety of media were used by the schools with the most common forms being one-and two-way video. Common themes identified from the interviews included faculty need for comfort, support, additional preparation time, and help developing courses. Student needs included structure, faculty contact, and a sense of belonging. The need for socialization was mentioned by all the informants.

Publication Title

Journal of Nursing Education

Volume

36

Issue

9

First Page

421

Last Page

427