Information needs in Spanish nursing students: results of a survey

  • César Manso Perea Colegio Oficial de Enfermería de Madrid
  • Aurora Cuevas-Cerveró Facultad Ciencias de la Documentación, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0928-0403
  • Esther Martínez-Miguel Facultad de Ciencias Biomédicas y de la Salud, Universidad Europea de Madrid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5153-5860
  • Eva García-Carpintero- Blas Escuela de Enfermería de la Fundación Jiménez Díaz –Universidad Autónoma de Madrid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4984-2511
  • Sergio González-Cervantes Facultad de Ciencias y Artes, Universidad Católica de Ávila http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9058-6126
  • Oliver Martín-Martín Facultad de Enfermería, Fisioterapia y Podología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6047-3764
Keywords: Information Literacy; Nursing; Competencies; Education, Nursing; Health Literacy.

Abstract

Nursing professional practice requires continuous knowledge updating, which makes essential “Management of information” competency and its inclusion in undergraduate curricula. That requires knowing and measuring the undergraduate nursing student’s information needs and their satisfaction with learning process related to information competency training.

An observational, descriptive and transversal quantitative study was carried out. A structured questionnaire was administered to nursing students from 21 University centers.

Interest in informational competences integration in successive courses was shown by 73% of the participants. Almost three quarters of this percentage considered a subject on information skills as necessary. Some authors recommend information literacy (IL) to be integrated mostly into the first year of the program. Others think that each faculty must examine its curricula in order to determine the best placement for information literacy content and experiences.

In all blocks analyzed, results show a positive impact of information competencies trainings on the students.

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Author Biographies

Esther Martínez-Miguel, Facultad de Ciencias Biomédicas y de la Salud, Universidad Europea de Madrid

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Eva García-Carpintero- Blas, Escuela de Enfermería de la Fundación Jiménez Díaz –Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Lecturer

Sergio González-Cervantes, Facultad de Ciencias y Artes, Universidad Católica de Ávila

Lecturer

Oliver Martín-Martín, Facultad de Enfermería, Fisioterapia y Podología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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Published
2019-07-29