Educational technology, Nursing and midwifery education, Nursing and midwifery students, Scoping review



  1. Hernon, Orlaith RGN, RCN, RNT, BSc, PgDip, MSc
  2. McSharry, Edel RN, RNT, BNSc, MSc, EdD
  3. MacLaren, Iain BSc (Hons), PhD
  4. Dunne, Rosie BA (Hons), H Dip, LIS
  5. Carr, Peter J. RN, BSc, MMedSc, PhD


Technology has become integral to our personal and professional lives. Its use is increasing in healthcare, both in clinical and educational settings, with healthcare institutions and regulatory bodies recognizing that technology is ever-present. The aim of this scoping review was to examine and quantify the current evidence concerning the use of educational technologies in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and midwifery education. This review was guided by the JBI methodology for scoping reviews. A tailored search strategy was developed with a research librarian and a number of databases were searched. A total of 19 638 literature sources were screened by three reviewers. Literature published from January 2016 to December 2020 was included and limited to the English language. The reporting of the review process is guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses for Scoping Reviews checklist. This review provides an overview of the current use of educational technologies within nursing and midwifery education; it provides a list of the technologies used, the research methodologies and designs undertaken, and the educational theories, models or frameworks considered. The review highlights the wide range of technologies in use and the paucity of studies that are guided by an educational theory, model or framework.