Wireless handhelds to support clinical nursing practicum

Cheng Chih Wu*, Chin Yuan Lai

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This paper reports our implementation and evaluation of a wireless handheld learning environment used to support a clinical nursing practicum course. The learning environment was designed so that nursing students could use handhelds for recording information, organizing ideas, assessing patients, and also for interaction and collaboration with peers during an on-site clinical practicum. Our wireless handheld learning environment was field tested during a three-week practicum session. Analysis of data showed that both the instructor and the student benefited from using the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) environment. The handhelds not only provided students with scaffolds to enhance learning but also facilitated peer cooperation and interaction with the instructor. Issues resulted from our implementation included things like the capacity of handhelds, network access, and participants' preconceptions on using PC-based systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-204
Number of pages15
JournalEducational Technology and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr


  • Clinical nursing practicum
  • Handhelds
  • Nursing education
  • PDAs
  • Wireless

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Engineering


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