Integrating Mobile Technology with Service Learning

Session Description
It is important for nursing students to become comfortable with accessing point of care (POC) technology in order to provide safe, evidence-based care to patients. The purpose of this educational innovation was to implement the use of smartphone applications (apps) in an undergraduate health assessment course that included community screenings. The apps provided information about body mass index (BMI) as well as United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended preventive services using the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) electronic preventive services selector (ePSS) app. Using the ePSS app also introduced students to the strength of recommendations taxonomy in healthcare. Classroom activities prepared students using mock cases and real data, and evidence-based guidelines were used when counseling patients regarding individual results. A voluntary student survey measured perceptions and acceptance of the use of smartphone apps (Institutional Review Board approval was obtained). Qualitative data was obtained through content analysis of six questions. Over 90% of students plan to continue using smartphone apps in their nursing practice, finding the apps helpful and convenient. Students felt that using smartphone apps at the community screenings increased their confidence in communication with patients, and supported applying classroom learning to real world situations. Students reported positive feedback and acceptance of the apps from patients. Using the apps allowed students to translate learning from the classroom and laboratory into the experiential setting, and it was instrumental in supporting a positive community impact on health promotion and disease prevention.
Claire DeCristofaro
Claire DeCristofaro, Ashford University, CA, USA
Claire DeCristofaro,MD, is a graduate of Hunter College of CUNY and Albert Einstein Medical School in New York City; her family practice has been in urban (inner city) New York City, rural Tennessee and South Carolina, and now the free-clinic setting in SC. Her academic faculty appointments have been as traditional and distance educator in various healthcare and related programs, and she has served as a clinical preceptor for graduate healthcare students. She regularly authors Continuing Education for nurses/APRNs, PAs and pharmacists, in both the live conference setting and online, is a federal grant reviewer, and has published on various clinical topics as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Pamela F. Murphy
Pamela F. Murphy, Ashford University, CA, USA
Pamela Ford Murphy, PhD, MBA, is an assistant professor at Ashford University. Her PhD from Virginia Tech is in Educational Research and Evaluation with a Statistics Concentration. She develops and teaches research methods and statistics courses for undergraduate and graduate psychology students. In addition to teaching, she has an active research agenda encompassing a variety of topics including the scholarship of teaching and learning, self-regulated learning, and student engagement. She has co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented papers and posters at research conferences on these topics.
Tracy P. George
Tracy P. George, Francis Marion University, SC, USA
Novice, Intermediate

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2 Responses to Integrating Mobile Technology with Service Learning

  1. April 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

    Thank you for enlightening us with helpful information about the medical industry.

    • Claire DeCristofaro April 18, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words. If you have any questions or want our publications on this project, email one of us. My email is:
      Thank you for coming to our presentation!!

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