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Blog spotlight: 2.0 Web technologies integrate a nursing program near you

Nurse Leader Insider, July 27, 2009

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As the terms "podcasts", "wikis", and "blogs" fill the vocabulary of nurses, physicians, students, and hospitals nationwide, more and more facilities are finding ways to integrate these new technology tools into the everyday hustle and bustle of the healthcare world.

In a recent study published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, 53% of nursing schools and 45% of medical schools are now using Web 2.0 tools in their curricula. Also, 58% of nursing schools and 50% of medical schools intend to include Web 2.0 tools in the curricula within the next year. Web 2.0 is a term defining the second generation of Web development that allows users to do more with Web sites. Rather than just passively retrieving information, Web 2.0 technology allows users to own and exercise control over the data.

Many of the new tools included in Web 2.0 that nursing schools plan to use are:

  • Podcasts: Series of digital computer files, either audio or video, which are released periodically and available to download on the facility's Web site or another location.
  • Wikis: Web sites that allows users to create and edit multiple linked wiki pages. Many facilities use these to keep employees up to date with what is happening within various groups and branches.

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