Jean Fall 2022 Pic Jean Smith

Jean Smith is in her fourth year of the Athabasca University Doctor of Education in Distance Education program. She has obtained ethics approval for her study and is currently recruiting participants. Jean is a nursing faculty member in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Red Deer Polytechnic. Her area of research is the rural hospital workplace and the just-in-time learning activities of rural registered nurses. Online studies have enabled Jean to teach full time while pursuing her dream of generating knowledge to support rural nurses.


Title:  The Just-In-Time Learning Activities of Rural Registered Nurses

Abstract:

Rationale/Background: Just-in-time learning using blended educational resources has become a challenging norm for registered nurses (RNs) in the rural hospital workplace. Currently, this type of learning is is not adequately supported in the rural hospital workplace, impacting the ability of RNs to practice capably and safely. Furthermore, the literature about this phenomenon is scarce.

Purpose: The primary aim of my study is to generate knowledge to inform the creation of a list of recommendations for rural hospital stakeholders that can support the just-in-time learning activities of rural RNs using blended educational resources.

Research Question: The overarching research question driving my study is “To what extent do RNs in the rural hospital workplace perceive that blended educational resources support their just-in-time learning activities?”

Methodology: I am using Thorne’s (2016) constructivist interpretive description research design to explore the extent to which rural RNs perceive that blended educational resources support their just-in-time learning activities. My data analysis will be inductive and iterative.

Findings: I will write the findings as a thematic description to meaningfully present recommendations to rural stakeholders for generating strategies to support the just-in-time learning activities of rural RNs using blended educational resources.

Implications: Making things better together, this new knowledge may be empowering to participants, thereby promoting their retention in the rural setting. It will enable me to offer suggestions for improving the allocation and sustainability of continuing educational resources in the rural hospital workplace. It may also resonate with providers in other areas of healthcare, thus supporting their practices.

 


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