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eHealth in Nursing Education (eNursEd) - A longitudinal study analyzing nursing students' relation to eHealth and technology, as individuals, students and in their future career: Protocol and method

  • Peter Anderberg; 
  • Gunilla Björling; 
  • Louise Stjernberg; 
  • Doris Bohman



The nursing profession has undergone several changes the past decades and new challenges are to come in the future; patients are now cared for in their home, hospitals are more specialized, the primary care will have a key role. Health informatics is essential in all core competencies in nursing. From an educational perspective it is of great importance that students are prepared for new demands and needs of the patients. From a societal point of view, the society, healthcare included, is facing a number of challenges related to technological developments and digitization. Preparation for the next decade of nursing education/practice must be done, without the advantage of certainty. A training for not yet existing technologies where educators should not be limited by present practice paradigms is desirable. This paper presents the design, method and protocol for a study that investigate undergraduate nursing students’ internet use, knowledge about eHealth, attitudes to technology, and how experiences of eHealth are handled during the education, in a multi-center study.


The primary aim of the research project is to describe the design of a longitudinal study and a qualitative sub-study consisting of following aspects: explore students’ knowledge about, and relation to technology and eHealth, i.e. 1) what pre-existing knowledge and interest of this area the nursing students have and 2) how (and if) is it present in their education, 3) how do the students perceive this knowledge in their future career role and, 4) to what extent is the education capable of managing this knowledge?


The study consists of two parts: a longitudinal study and a qualitative sub-study. Students from the BSc in Nursing program from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden and from the Swedish Red Cross University College, Stockholm/Huddinge, Sweden were included in the present study.


The study is ongoing. Data analysis is currently underway and the first results are expected to be published in 2019.


This study presents the design of a longitudinal study and a qualitative sub-study. The eNursEd study will answer several important questions about nursing students attitudes towards, and use of ICT both in their private life, their education and their emerging profession. Knowledge from this study will be used to compare different nursing programs and students´ knowledge about and relation to technology and eHealth. Results will also be communicated back to nursing educators in order to improve teaching of eHealth, health informatics and technology.


Please cite as:

Anderberg P, Björling G, Stjernberg L, Bohman D

eHealth in Nursing Education (eNursEd) - A longitudinal study analyzing nursing students' relation to eHealth and technology, as individuals, students and in their future career: Protocol and method

JMIR Preprints. 12/05/2019:14643

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.14643


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