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J Nurs Educ. 1997 Nov;36(9):421-7.

Distance learning and nursing education.

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University of Washington, School of Nursing, Seattle 98195, USA.


This descriptive study investigated the use of distance learning programs in schools of nursing. Postcards were mailed to all members of the American Association of College of Nursing, asking them about distance learning at their schools. Seven schools were selected for further interviews. Of the 353 schools (80%) that responded, 135 schools (38%) reported offering off-site courses. Forty-one schools reported plans for future offerings. The schools in this study offered a total of 33 master's and doctoral degrees by distance learning. A variety of media were used by the schools with the most common forms being one- and two-way video. Common themes identified from the interviews included faculty need for comfort, support, additional preparation time, and help developing courses. Student needs included structure, faculty contact, and a sense of belonging. The need for socialization was mentioned by all the informants.

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