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Nursing students’ experiences of learning practical gerontological nursing skills through online media during COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study

Jaturada Jariyarattanakul Niemtest (Department of Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand)
Watchara Tabootwong (Department of Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand)
Pornchai Jullamate (Department of Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 27 September 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explain the experiences of nursing students while they practiced gerontological nursing through online media during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design/methodology/approach

Purposive sampling was used to select 20 third-year nursing students. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with participants. The collected data were analyzed using the thematic analysis method to identify recurring themes and patterns.

Findings

Four themes emerged from the interviews, including improved practical skills, the impact of online learning, receiving support from close individuals and the need for support. Participants provided specific examples of how they improved their skills through online learning and described the importance of receiving support from those close to them during this challenging time.

Originality/value

Online media is essential for teaching nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the main reason for teaching nursing students during times of restricted access to clinical settings. This research provides insights into the challenges and benefits associated with using digital platforms to teach gerontological practice for nursing students.

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Acknowledgements

The authors greatly appreciate the participants who were willing to participate in this study.

Conflict of Interest Statement: The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Funding: This study was financially supported by Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Thailand (grant number: 04/2565).

Citation

Niemtest, J.J., Tabootwong, W. and Jullamate, P. (2023), "Nursing students’ experiences of learning practical gerontological nursing skills through online media during COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-06-2023-0024

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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