Bradley Nursing Professors Present Research at National Conference

Dr. Peggy Flannigan, PhD, RN, Dr. Cindy Brubaker, EdD, RN, and Janet Jackson, MS, RN (Not Pictured Dr. Molly Cluskey, PhD, RN) show their poster created to display research findings regarding eBook use at a prestigious national conference.

December 18, 2012

The world is always changing.  Healthcare is changing at a rapid pace and new research will improve the practice of nursing.  As nursing practice changes so too do the methods used to teach nursing students.  Bradley University Department of Nursing faculty conduct research in order to stay ahead of changes and adapt the curriculum to ensure that Bradley Nurses enter into practice with a base far exceeding minimal standards. Cindy Brubaker,Ed.D., Molly Cluskey, Ph.D., Peggy Flannigan, Ph.D., and Janet Jackson, M.S. all nursing faculty at Bradley conducted a research study designed to keep our students at the forefront of evolving student technology needs. The research study, Students, Faculty, and Staff Perceptions of Integrating E-Books into Higher Education, was accepted through peer review and presented at the National League for Nursing’s 7th Annual Technology Conference: Technology’s Transformative Power on October 19-21, 2012 in Spokane, Washington. The impetus for the study was related to nursing students having the option to purchase several of their textbooks in e-Book format as well as encouragement from textbook publishers to adopt the e-book format. In a search of the nursing literature, minimal research was found related to the use of e-books in higher education. The purpose of this study was to describe the current usage, habits, perceptions, and attitudes of university students, faculty, and selected professional staff toward e-books. Online surveys were administered to the university community. The results provided baseline data for future discussions with faculty and textbook publishers regarding implementation of e-book technology on this campus. Discussions with students as well as faculty and textbook publishers will also focus on methods to facilitate learning with e-books and provide support for faculty development as they function in the educational environment. Janet Jackson and Cindy Brubaker were able to share their findings with nurse educators from around the country as well as experience state-of-the-art applications of simulation, e-learning, informatics, and tele-health in presentations delivered by nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers at the Technology Conference.