Developing a smartphone app to support the nursing community
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Developing a smartphone app to support the nursing community

Scott Colton Lecturer, adult nursing, Birmingham City University Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
Louise Hunt Senior lecturer and lead nurse for practice, adult nursing, Birmingham City University Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Scott Colton and Louise Hunt explain the rationale behind Preparing for Caring, an app designed to give mentors and nursing staff immediate access to supportive materials

Healthcare professionals are turning increasingly to the digital sector to access information they need for their work. Mobile technology, such as smartphones and tablets, provides a unique opportunity to place high-quality information directly into users’ hands. This article describes the ongoing development of a smartphone app, Preparing for Caring, designed to prepare the future workforce by enabling mentors and nursing students to access supportive material during practice-based learning episodes. The article explores the rationale for designing the app and discusses the challenges and benefits of developing this resource from the perspectives of student, mentor and healthcare manager.

Nursing Management. 22, 9,24-28. doi: 10.7748/nm.22.9.24.s28

Correspondence

scott.colton@bcu.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 15 October 2015

Accepted: 15 December 2015