The effects of virtual online learning on family-community nursing practice competencies among undergraduate nursing students, Khon Kaen University
Keywords:virtual educational, nursing students, family nursing competencies
The changing situation in the 21st century, especially due to the Covid-19 outbreak, has affected teaching practices in higher education institutions. Using online platforms for teaching and learning activities has become part of “the new normal.” This study aimed to evaluate the effects of virtual learning on family-community nursing practice competencies among undergraduate nursing students at Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University. Data were collected from 104 second-year students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Science Program. The research instruments consisted of a family nursing practice handbook and a self-perception community family nursing competencies questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, the Wilcoxon signed-rank test, and the Kruskal-Wallis H test.
The results of the study revealed that the students' post-pre competencies mean scores (M=4.33, SD±.47; M=3.54, SD±.58, respectively) differed with statistical significance (p-value < .001). The virtual online practice; that included participation of registered nurses, primary health service staff, and village health volunteers; differed in students’ perceived family nursing practice competencies in the community setting. Virtual practice can, therefore, be beneficial for students who are unable to attend on-site practice and can also be applied in emerging and re-emerging disease outbreaks.
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