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Findings in Health and Medical Informatics Reported from University of South Carolina (Social Networking Policies in Nursing Education)

July 22, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Research findings on Health and Medical Informatics are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Columbia, South Carolina, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Social networking use has increased exponentially in the past few years. A literature review related to social networking and nursing revealed a research gap between nursing practice and education."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of South Carolina, "Although there was information available on the appropriate use of social networking sites, there was limited research on the use of social networking policies within nursing education. The purpose of this study was to identify current use of social media by faculty and students and a need for policies within nursing education at one institution. A survey was developed and administered to nursing students (n = 273) and nursing faculty (n = 33). Inferential statistics included 2 2, Fisher exact test, t test, and General Linear Model. Cronbach's alpha was used to assess internal consistency of socialmedia scales. The 2 2 result indicates that there were associations with the group and several social media items. t Test results indicate significant differences between student and faculty for average of policies are good (P = .0127), policies and discipline (P = .0315), and policy at the study school (P = .0013). General Linear Model analyses revealed significant differences for 'friend' a patient with abond, unprofessional posts, policy, and nursing with class level."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Results showed that students and faculty supported the development of a social networking policy."

For more information on this research see: Social Networking Policies in Nursing Education. Cin-Computers Informatics Nursing, 2014;32(3):110-117. Cin-Computers Informatics Nursing can be contacted at: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA.

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting B. Frazier, University of South Carolina, Coll Nursing, Columbia, SC 29208, United States. Additional authors for this research include J.M. Culley, L.C. Hein, A. Williams and A.S. Tavakoli.

Keywords for this news article include: Columbia, United States, South Carolina, North and Central America, Health and Medical Informatics

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