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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 47

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Poster Board 47
Title: Social Bookmarking as a Tool for Nursing Informatics: Implications for Library Reference and Outreach Services  
Objective: The poster will present multidisciplinary team teaching experiences utilizing Delicious.com for an “Informatics for Healthcare” course assignment that engaged students in using technology to collaborate, share, and organize information relevant to their roles as nursing students and future clinical nurse leaders. Student feedback will be examined and implications explored for library reference and outreach services.
Methods: The multidisciplinary teaching team included a librarian, a nurse informaticist, and a nurse educator. Fifty-four first-year professional entry students enrolled in a clinical nurse leader program completed a social bookmarking exercise using Delicious.com. The assignment required students to sign up with Delicious.com, create tags, bundle tags, share resources, and set up networks. Web resources for establishing collaborative networks focused on serious reportable events or never events, a group of health care-related event topics identified by the National Quality Forum. A six-item questionnaire was created by the team librarian using SurveyMonkey and distributed to students to collect feedback about using the social bookmarking tool. Students’ responses to survey questions were tallied, and comments were reviewed and categorized.
Results: Findings revealed 81.5% (n=44) of the 54 students had never used social bookmarking sites before being enrolled in this course. Most, 94.4% (n=51), students thought Delicious.com held potential for professional use, and 66.7% (n=36) planned to use it in their future nursing roles. Responses indicated the capabilities of sharing and accessing information from any computer were the most valued aspects of the tool. Some students indicated confusion about how to create, use, and bundle tags.
Conclusions: This multidisciplinary collaboration provides insight and recommendations from multiple perspectives regarding using social bookmarking tools to promote informatics skills for health care. Incorporating Delicious.com in the course assignment challenged students to use technology for sharing information and professional collaboration. Libraries might consider using social bookmarking sites as tools to collect and deliver information relevant to specific patron group needs. Its uses might include information pages on special topics, subject guides, and course- or discipline-related resources.
Authors: Lin Wu, AHIP, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center; Ramona Patterson, PhD Candidate, College of Graduate Health Sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN; Samantha B. Miles, Nurse Educator; Nursing Education; VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN


Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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