International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Health care in the United States is facing a crisis in providing access to quality care for those in underserved and rural regions. Advanced practice nurses are at the forefront of addressing such issues, through modalities such as health care technology. Many nursing education programs are seeking strategies for better educating students on technology utilization. Health care technology includes electronic health records, telemedicine, and clinical decision support systems. However, little focus has been placed on the role of social media in health care. This paper describes an educational workshop using standardized patients and hands-on experiences to introduce advanced practice nurses in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program to the role of social media in addressing issues inherent in the delivery of rural health care. The students explore innovative approaches for utilizing social media for patient and caregiver support as well as identify online resources that assist providers in a rural setting.
Original Publication Citation
Rutledge, C.M., Renaud, M., Shepherd, L., Bordelon, M., Haney, T., Gregory, D., & Ayers, P. (2011). Educating advanced practice nurses in using social media in rural health care. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 8(1), 1-14.
Rutledge, Carolyn M.; Renaud, Michelle; Shephard, Laurel; Bordelon, Michele; Haney, Tina; Gregory, Donna; and Ayers, Paula, "Educating Advanced Practice Nurses in Using Social Media in Rural Health Care" (2011). Nursing Faculty Publications. 11.