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Utilizing social media in supporting new graduate RN transition McSkimming, Catherine; Luengas, Isabel; Nguyen, Trang 2013

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       1) Objective: Explore how utilizing social media can aid in the transition for the new graduate RN? 2) New Grad Transition Issue/Problems: ?High nursing turnover rate (Duchsher, 2009) ?More demanding clinical environment (i.e. Increase patient acuity, shortages of staff, and the emergence of new technologies) (Dyess & Sherman, 2009) ?Increasing demands for nurses (Graham & Duffield, 2010) ?Aging nursing workforce (Graham & Duffield, 2010) 3) What is Presently Available to New Grads? Vancouver Coastal Health: New Grads Program: Two series workshop Fraser Health: Practice Start Program: Mentorship and learning labs Providence Health Care: PCH New Graduate Program: Educational workshops, 3 month seminars, mentorship and orientation ?Problem: Availability limited                Utilizing Social Media In Supporting New Graduate RN Transition Catherine McSkimming, Isabel Luengas, Trang Nguyen    5) Utilizing Social Media for New Grad Transition Survey : Method: In order to collect information on nursing students and their usage of social media, we created an online survey. We used surveymonkey, a free online program  to create an 8 question survey to find out how students are using social media and how it is beneficial to them. We distributed the link to the survey via facebook on the 2011-2013 UBC Nursing Facebook page. The survey was also distributed to employed student nurses working at Vancouver Coastal Health by our project leader.          Empowers new grads to meet their own goals 4) How Can Social Media be Utilized? Social media is defined as ?a group of Internet-based applications ? that allow the creation and exchange of User Generated Content? (Kaplan & Haenlein, 2010)  Expands new grad?s access to useful information Benefits of Utilizing Social Media       Major Trends: a.)Learning: Learning modules, tutorials, Q&A, evidence based practice, case studies, forum, accessing clinical practice guidelines and policies, accessing current and accurate information, unit-specific resources  b.)Social Support: Sharing information, asking others questions, making connections, new grad page, mentorship, and a social network  c.) Concerns: ?classroom/clinical? learning is better than online learning, concern over the usage of facebook for work ? how would it be monitored?                                                                                                                                                       Provides a tool for professional development Can be used to supplement face-to-face education & mentorship Creates a technology-enhanced student centered learning environment Generates encouragement & validation through social support  online 4) What do you use social  media for?  Figure 2:  Acquiring information was the major reason respondents used social media. Other main reasons were for learning, asking questions, sharing information, and social support. Entertainment and expressing thoughts and opinions were also popular with more than 40% of respondents indicating this reason for using social media. 5) How confident are you as a new nurse entering into the workforce? Figure 3: No respondents reported they were ?very confident? to enter the workplace as a new RN.  31.8% were ?confident,? 38.6% were ?uneasy,? and 25% felt that they were ?neutral.? 4.5% of respondents reported that they were ?extremely uneasy.?  Figure 1: Facebook and YouTube were the most widely used with 88.6% of respondents reporting that they use these social media outlets. Web forums were also widely used, with 47.7% of respondents indicating use of this social media. Moodle, Google +, and blogs were used by 20-31.8% of respondents. Twitter was the least used by respondents, with only 6.8% reporting they use this online resource. 7)What kind of online resources would you use or find useful? 7) Recommendations:  1.Strong interest in clinical learning and a desire to connect with other new nurses, mentors, and employees. Establishing a discussion forum would be very valuable to address both these major trends. 2.Strong interest in the usage of Facebook. It provides a way for users to post articles, images, links, share networking information, offer support and gives people a way to connect in general. A media outlet that allows this would likely be a useful resource to new grads.  3.Responders are visual learners; seeing clinical demonstrations and skills through video is very valuable for learning. There is a strong indicator for modules with video demonstrations, which could be made by health authorities for new grads to access online. 8) Conclusion:   We recognize the importance of hands on mentorship and we believe that social media such as a moodle site would be valuable for supplementing new grad programs already provided in health authorities.    6) If you employer provided you with an online resource would you use it? Result: 97.7% Yes 6) Survey Results: 1)What nursing school are you  attending? Results: 31 UBC, 4 Langara, 2 VCC,  2 Kwatlam, 5 others. 2)Have you used social media to assist you in nursing? Results: 86% YES 3)What type of social  medic outlets  do you utilize? 8) Rate the value of these online resources? Figure 4: All of these online sources were rated by respondents as valuable at least 40% and greater of the time. 48.8% indicated that having a clinical challenges forum was valuable  


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