Date of Award
Project – Full Written
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Background. Rural nurses in North Carolina (NC) face several barriers to accessing face-to-face continuing education (CE) opportunities.
Objective. The purpose of the project is to connect to rural nurses in NC by designing accessible and flexible CE programming that includes virtual learning activities.
Methods. System Usability Scale (SUS) and the Usability Metric for User Experience short version (UMUX-Lite) tools were used. to predict whether participants will use or adopt a new technology following a North Carolina Area Heath Education Center (NC AHEC) hosted virtual conference.
Findings. Of the 103 participants who attended the CE conference, 93 completed the program evaluation survey. The average overall SUS score was statistically significant at 75.9 out of 100, falling above the average of 68 (Yes: 77.3, No: 64.1; p=.004). The average overall UMUX-Lite score was statistically significant at 82.8 out of 100, falling above the average of 68 (Yes: 83.7, No: 75; p=.025).
Conclusion. The rural nurses indicated high perceived usability of Zoom virtual platform overall. Although close to half of the rural nurses from this conference preferred obtaining CE through virtual learning, 31% of the participants would rather attend in person. Further study is recommended to learn more about the attitude and values of faceto- face CE learning than virtual learning related to knowledge retention and other benefits associated with different types of learning modalities.
Cheung, Yuen Li (May), "Evaluating an Overall Experience of Virtual Learning in Meeting the Continuing Education Needs of Rural Nurses in North Carolina" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 19.
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