Nurses' Internet self-efficacy and attitudes toward web-based continuing learning

Jyh Chong Liang, Szu Hsien Wu, Chin Chung Tsai

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Abstract

Objective: There are increasing opportunities for nurses to engage in continuing learning via the Internet; hence, it is important to explore nurses' attitudes toward web-based continuing learning. Method: This paper explores 267 Taiwanese clinical nurses' attitudes toward web-based continuing learning. In addition, the role of the nurses' Internet self-efficacy in their attitudes is investigated. This study utilizes two questionnaires to respectively survey the nurses' Internet self-efficacy and their attitudes toward web-based continuing learning. In particular, the Internet Self-efficacy Survey includes two scales: 'Basic self-efficacy' (the perceived confidence of using basic Internet functions, such as the confidence in using a web browser or searching for online information) and 'Advanced self-efficacy' (the perceived confidence of using advanced Internet functions, such as the confidence in online discussion or making online payments). Results and findings: Exploratory factor analyses indicated adequate reliability and validity of the two questionnaires. The regression analyses revealed that both nurses' basic and advanced Internet self-efficacy can positively explain the perceived usefulness, ease of use and friendly feeling when using web-based continuing learning environments, whereas nurses' advanced Internet self-efficacy was the only predictor to explain how they intend to use web-based continuing learning environments more.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)768-773
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Internet attitude
  • Internet self-efficacy
  • Web-based continuing learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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