Continuing education for urology nurses: Harnessing the potential of e-learning

Dowling, M. and Power, M. and O'Boyle, G. (2012) Continuing education for urology nurses: Harnessing the potential of e-learning. pp. 30-34. ISSN 17497701 (ISSN)

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The module 'Living with cancer of the lower urinary tract' was developed to address the learning needs of specialized urology nurses working in hospitals and generalist nurses caring for urology patients in practice settings. The module is also offered to oncology nurses undertaking specialist postgraduate education. The module is delivered by a 'blended learning' approach and supported by the technology offered on the Blackboard Learning System (Version 9·1), a virtual learning environment that facilitates the delivery of on-line and flexible learning. While a number of challenges were faced during the module development and delivery, the positive benefits of collaborative working between university and expert nurse clinicians, and shared learning between urology and oncology nurses was evident. © 2012 The Authors. International Journal of Urological Nursing © 2012 BAUN & Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Blended learning; Continuing education; E-Learning; Prostate cancer; Urology nurses
Depositing User: National Forum
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