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Is Distance Education the Answer to the Nursing Shortage?

DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2014.43020, PP. 158-162

Keywords: Distance Education, Nursing, Nursing Shortage, IOM Report, Student Learning Outcomes, Campus Learning, Academic Nurse Leaders

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This study examined the effectiveness of distance education compared with campus based learning among nursing students. Distance education in nursing curricula is increasing. Academic nurse leaders must demonstrate the effectiveness of distance learning. This study is unique in that two cohorts, distance learners and campus learners, were taught synchronously by the same faculty member. Quantitative measures of student learning outcomes were compared using SPSS. There were no significant differences in learning outcomes between distance learners and campus learners. This study provides empiric support for distance education as a means to address the nursing shortage.

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