Digital tools supporting learning of nursing students

Authors: Acevedo González CE, Díaz Oviedo A, García Rosas E, Torres Hernández EA, Venegas Cepeda ML and Villarruel Hernández L



The relevance achieved using digital tools to enrich the learning and the development of student’s skills n the health area reached its greatest growth with the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Given this reality, it is necessary to gather information about the impact of its use, therefore, a literature review was carried out to know the evidence published in the last five years on how digital tools support the learning of nursing students. The information search was performed in the Pubmed database. We selected 14 articles that filled up the inclusion requirements. As a result of the review, it was identified that digital tools supported students’ learning to develop social-emotional skills, thinking skills, and skills to be actively learning and to socialize in the professional role of nursing. 



Digital tools, learning, nursing students 


Digital education has become an important tool that helps people relate and access the world of information to face current challenges. Nursing education does not escape this reality, multiple studies have been carried out that have allowed evidence of how digital innovation and the use of digital tools have been importance in the classrooms and laboratories of higher education spaces. This is the reason why through this literature review, it is possible to identify how the use of these tools have supported the learning of nursing students and help the learning process through the use of the best digital tools for teaching, this same teachings contribute to improve the training of nursing professionals. 




The search for bibliographic information was performed using the PICO methodology, the main question as a starting point was: How do digital tools support the learning of nursing students? One of the searching tools was the Pubmed Database, in which the search terms were used: digital tools, learning support, nursing students and other alternate terms. The requirements for including articles to the research were: original articles published in the period 2017-2021, in English language, educational interventions, quantitative and qualitative approach. 




120 articles were found, and 14 articles were selected that accomplished the inclusion requirements. Figure No. 1 represents this searching process. 



Within these results, several subcategories were identified, which, when grouped by conceptual similarity, allowed to form four dimensions of learning that are enhanced using digital tools in nursing education: socialization and professional role; Social-emotional skills, thinking skills and lifelong learning skills. 


With the results of the systematic review, there is a huge importance on the student’s academic nursing training using digital tools for the learning process, which, in addition, it´s exciting for the students to be actively learning. 



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