|Author:||Shang, Sheau Tyan Catherine|
|Title:||Nursing students' acceptance of a 3-D virtual classroom in second life for learning personal protective equipment|
|Subject:||Shared virtual environments -- Study and teaching (Higher)|
Second Life (Game)
Nursing students -- China -- Hong Kong -- Attitudes.
Nursing -- Safety measures.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
|Department:||Faculty of Health and Social Sciences|
|Pages:||xi, 122 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.|
|Abstract:||Background: The emergence of formerly unknown infectious diseases and inexperience in using personal protective equipment make nursing students susceptible to infection. Second Life is a 3-D virtual education platform, it provides an opportunity to use simulation in a safe environment to enhance experiential learning, allowing nursing students to practice skills, try new ideas, and learn from their mistakes without disadvantage. This innovative strategy can provide virtual experiences that nursing students may or may not encounter in a clinical setting because real-life scenarios themselves are high risk and rare. Therefore, personal protective equipment in Second Life is implemented for nursing students to learn to use personal protective equipment. These learning experiences help nursing students develop their competence in infection control and enhance their safety in the clinical placement. Aim: The aim of this study is to explore nursing students' intention to use a 3-D virtual classroom (Second Life) in learning the proper use of personal protective equipment. Method: The technology acceptance model was used as a theoretical framework and a research model was proposed. A self-administered questionnaire was developed to evaluate nursing students' perception of the personal protective equipment in Second Life. Data was collected from the nursing students of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In total 185 valid questionnaires were returned, and the response rate was 96.4%. Structural equation modeling was used to test the research model and hypotheses. SPSS version 17 and AMOS version 17 were employed for statistical analysis.|
Results: Consistent with the technology acceptance model, the perceived usefulness had a positive effect on the attitude toward using (0.62, p<0.001) and the behavioral intention to use personal protective equipment in Second Life (0.45, p<0.001). Perceived ease of use has had a positive effect on the perceived usefulness (0.75, p<0.001) and the attitude toward using personal protective equipment in Second Life (0.23, p<0.01). Attitude toward using personal protective equipment in Second Life has had a positive effect on the behavioral intention to use personal protective equipment in Second Life (0.49, p<0.001). Nursing students believed that using personal protective equipment in Second Life would enhance their skills to use personal protective equipment. The personal protective equipment in Second Life is easy to use. They liked the idea of using personal protective equipment in Second Life and accepted the idea to learn the use of personal protective equipment in Second Life. Conclusion: Perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use and attitude toward using are the significant predictors to the behavioral intention to use personal protective equipment in Second Life. The findings of this study provided insights into the best way to design and promote interactive education programs in Second Life. In addition, this personal protective equipment in Second Life can be introduced to other nursing students and healthcare workers to familiarize them with the personal protective equipment procedure in a safe environment, and to decrease the risk of infection during patient care and future infectious disease outbreaks.
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