Global Connections through Various Technologies Sustain a Decade of International Nursing Education and Clinical Research Exchanges

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Carol E. Smith, RN, PhD, FAAN
School of Nursing, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to determine the appropriate technology (Internet, social media, tele-conferencing) to sustain long term exchanges.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to obtain skills in international translation of research findings across several clinical populations.


The challenges of decade long activities including clinical nursing research and nursing education exchanges among Scandinavian countries and a middle American School of Nursing are described.  The significance of this data report of techniques is the generation of nursing research knowledge across cultures.  The purpose of this poster is to illustrate the exchange results that occurred mainly through teleconferencing, interactive Internet approaches, social networks and policy development about these discussions. 


Theoretical frameworks for clinical translation based on common clinical population studies were used.  Models of patient education included  were Cognitive Constructive Learning, Teacher as Facilitator, and Cooperative Learning.  The main methodology was Interactive Internet reviews to develop nurses' abilities to critique, abstract and apply evidence based research findings. To achieve these outcomes, Internet tasks were assigned with clear and repeated directions and complex examples with increasing difficulty were given.  These assignments allowed discovery but gave the nurses exploration boundaries related to cultural interaction and the facilitated intellectual exchanges. 


Results from these exchanges are described and instructional strategies are explained. Positive outcomes were achieved by nurses’ engagement in the application of the evidence based research in clinical practice and by working on policy white papers for their country's departments of health. These exchanges have resulted in the advancement of nursing science including formal courses in the European Nursing Doctoral Program on clinical trial design, population research and research abstracting. In addition, findings indicate these exchanges have resulted in a new international collaborative conceptual framework and official partnerships.


Conclusions are the  variety of exchanges facilitating nurses’ abilities to become more culturally attuned and to keep up with, as well as add to, the ongoing evidence based information explosion and knowledge expansion. “Clouds computing” can be used in the future as a place for research exchanges and to share global nursing research interventions.