Environmental Health and Nursing: Piloting a Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning Module

Debra Olson, Maggie Stedman-Smith, Ann Fredrickson

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The results of a pilot study evaluating a technology-enhanced distance learning module to impart environmental health core concepts to nurses are presented in this article. The internet-based module was developed for continuing professional education and imparts principles of adult education through interactive features including simulated clinical vignettes, an environmental justice case study, and hyperlinks to websites related to environmental protection and health regulation. Mean gains between pre- and post-tests; participant identification of adult learning principles as advanced by Knowles, Holton, and Swanson (1998); and satisfaction were measured among participating RNs (N = 34). A 6% mean gain in learning occurred between pre- and post-tests (95% CI.51 to 1.37, p <.0001). No significant differences in learning occurred for those who prefer face-to-face instruction and those who tend to procrastinate. Ninety-four percent of respondents indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied with the module. A strong association was found between recognition of adult learning principles as enhancing the assimilation of knowledge and competencies of environmental health and high satisfaction with the module. Distance learning via the Internet shows promise as a format to promote environmental health education for nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-359
Number of pages7
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2005

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© 2005 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.


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