1. Overbay, Devorah EdD, MSN, RN
  2. Bigand, Teresa PhD, MSN, RN
  3. Springer, Gale MSN, RN


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to understand registered nurses' (RNs') perceptions of attending a live streaming versus in-person continuing education event.


BACKGROUND: During the COVID-19 global pandemic, in-person continuing education events for healthcare providers required conversion to digital platforms. Literature is sparse regarding healthcare providers' perceptions on attending a live streaming continuing education event.


METHODS: Registered nurses completed a survey after a live streaming research conference from a large US healthcare system. Likert-scale survey items were analyzed using descriptive statistics and open-ended questions with content analysis and thematic coding.


RESULTS: A total of 219 RNs participated. The RNs reported an overall positive experience with the live streaming event and indicated a preference for this platform for the future. Three benefits emerged: savings, self-care and safety, and user-friendly. Perceived drawbacks were coded with 3 themes: technical issues, impaired focus, and social/networking challenges.


CONCLUSIONS: Despite challenges, live streaming conferences may be satisfying and preferable for nurses.