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Help is just a text away: The use of short message service texting to provide an additional means of support for health care students during practice placements

Young, Pat; Moore, Emma; Griffiths, Garfield; Raine, Rosi; Stewart, Rob; Cownie, Matthew; Frutos-Perez, Manuel

Authors

Pat Young pat2.young@uwe.ac.uk

Emma Moore

Garfield Griffiths garfield.griffiths@uwe.ac.uk

Rosi Raine

Rob Stewart Rob.Stewart@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging

Matthew Cownie matthew.cownie@uwe.ac.uk

Manuel Frutos-Perez manuel.frutos-perez@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

This article discusses the findings from a pilot study using short message service (SMS) texting to provide an additional means of support for health care students in practice placements. Pre-registration students were recruited students from 2nd year cohorts in Adult Nursing, Children's Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Radiography to pilot the use of SMS texting with their private mobile phones from their work-based learning placements. The pilot was evaluated using an online questionnaire for students with follow-up telephone interviews, and face-to-face interviews with the four tutors. Data on the use of the service by students was also collated. Although the students made less use of the service than was anticipated, both staff and students were positive about the potential of this type of communication in providing an additional form of support for students in placements. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2010
Journal Nurse Education Today
Print ISSN 0260-6917
Electronic ISSN 1532-2793
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 118-123
APA6 Citation Young, P., Moore, E., Griffiths, G., Raine, R., Stewart, R., Cownie, M., & Frutos-Perez, M. (2010). Help is just a text away: The use of short message service texting to provide an additional means of support for health care students during practice placements. Nurse Education Today, 30(2), 118-123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2009.06.010
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2009.06.010
Keywords texting, mobile technology, placements, student support
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2009.06.010
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