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Keywords

E-portfolio, Information needs assessment, Interviews, Learning experiences, Nurse postgraduate year (NPGY)

 

Authors

  1. TSAI, PEI-RONG MS, RN
  2. LEE, TING-TING PhD, RN
  3. LIN, HUNG-RU PhD, RN
  4. LEE-HSIEH, JANE MS, RN
  5. ETTA MILLS, MARY ScD, RN

Abstract

Electronic portfolios can be used to record user performance and achievements. Currently, clinical learning systems and in-service education systems lack integration of nurses' clinical performance records with their education or training outcomes. For nurses with less than 2 years' work experience (nursing postgraduate year), use of an electronic portfolio is essential. This study aimed to assess the requirements of using electronic portfolios in continuing nursing education for clinical practices. Fifteen nurses were recruited using a qualitative purposive sampling approach between April 2013 and May 2013. After obtaining participants' consent, data were collected in a conference room of the study hospital by one-on-one semistructured in-depth interviews. Through data analyses, the following five main themes related to electronic learning portfolios were identified: instant access to in-service education information, computerized nursing postgraduate year training manual, diversity of system functions and interface designs, need for sufficient computers, and protection of personal documents. Because electronic portfolios are beginning to be used in clinical settings, a well-designed education information system not only can meet the needs of nurses but also can facilitate their learning progress.