Information literacy: developing life long skills through nursing education

Barnard, Alan G., Nash, Robyn E., & O'Brien, Michael (2005) Information literacy: developing life long skills through nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education, 44(11), pp. 505-510.

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The amount and complexity of information with which nurses have to deal continues to grow exponentially. Support has grown for integrated curriculum approaches that include appropriate instruction in the use of a variety of information formats and instruction which focuses on a resource-based and process approach. This paper argues that collaboration has to be fostered in meaningful ways between teaching faculty and librarians for information literacy enhancement. Such approaches to teaching and learning demand a major shift in educational paradigms and encompass resource-based learning, undergraduate research, service learning inquiry learning and problem-based learning. The implementation of an integrated curriculum promises advanced information skills, access and use of available evidence to support clinical decision making and a foundation for lifetime learning. This paper reports on the rationale of an integrated curriculum, changes to nursing education and obstacles within higher education and workplaces to the development and application of advanced information skills.

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ID Code: 3689
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: nursing, information literacy, critical thinking, education, clinical practice, higher education, nurse education, HERN
ISSN: 0148-4834
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 SLACK Incorporated
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:12

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