eLearning, Knowledge Brokering, and Nursing Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Interprofessional collaboration is vital to the delivery of quality care in long-term care settings; however, caregivers in long-term care face barriers to participating in training programs to improve collaborative practices. Consequently, eLearning can be used to create an environment that combines convenient, individual learning with collaborative experiential learning. Findings of this study revealed that learners enjoyed the flexibility of the Working Together learning resource. They acquired new knowledge and skills that they were able to use in their practice setting to achieve higher levels of collaborative practice. Nurses were identified as team leaders because of their pivotal role in the long-term care home and collaboration with all patient care providers. Nurses are ideal as knowledge brokers for the collaborative practice team. Quantitative findings showed no change in learner's attitudes regarding collaborative practice; however, interviews provided examples of positive changes experienced. Face-to-face collaboration was found to be a challenge, and changes to organizations, systems, and technology need to be made to facilitate this process. The Working Together learning resource is an important first step toward strengthening collaboration in long-term care, and the pilot implementation provides insights that further our understanding of both interprofessional collaboration and effective eLearning.

authors

  • Chambers, Larry William
  • HALABISKY, BRENDA
  • HUMBERT, JENNIE
  • STODEL, EMMAJ
  • MACDONALD, COLLAJ
  • CHAMBERS, LARRYW
  • DOUCETTE, SUZANNE
  • DALZIEL, WILLIAMB
  • CONKLIN, JAMES

publication date

  • September 2010