older Nurses and the web
- 0May 8, '99 by Tom brennerDo you all believe that an individual could successfully research issues that impact older nurses using the world wide web? Do you believe there is enough computer savvy among older nurses to access their general viewpoints about how they are being treated in todays health care environment? Or, is the only way to reach this group is by using mailing lists and snail mail? What % of older nurses are interested in the web and sites like WWNURSE.COM?
Tom ( Gerontology GRaduate Student)
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- 0May 9, '99 by BRITISH R.N.I'm not quite geriatric yet but not in the first flush of youth, I trained in the 1970's. I think the Net is a wonderful medium to get all nurses whatever their age in communication with one another.
I've only been connected to the Web for six weeks and I'm hooked. I'm spreading the word amongst my British colleaques about this site as fast as I can. We don't seem to have a British equivalent yet. The more we can discuss our mutual problems and solutions the better it will be for us and our patients.
- 0May 16, '99 by NurseBoyI wouldn't rush into internet-based research Tom. At this stage of the game, a powerful argument could be mounted against your results by pointing out the demographic differences between those who regularily & confidently use the internet & those who don't. If you're prepared to target a sub-group (sub-culture?) of Nurses, go ahead. Otherwise, forget it for now. Cheers, NurseBoy
- 0Jul 2, '99 by Pat GHey Tom,
What's with this "older nurse" discrimin-
ation? My mind is probably as sharp as yours
& I'm in my mid 50's. When I trained(centur-
ies ago), many times we were responsible for
18 hospital patients & boy, we'd better know
every detail about them! I also bet you
never had to take care of a husband who
worked shifts, 3 children, a house(lots of
work there) & worked full time. After all
that, surfing the net's a piece of cake!!
- 0Jul 23, '99 by pdxrnTommy boy, you bit off more than you could chew when you took on us geriatric nurses. LOL!! I'm 49 an RN for 14 years and very internet savvy. I understand what you are trying to do because I want to do the same thing for disabled nurses, but I think the one person was right. Your results would be off because not everyone has access to the net and computers. I think if you studied "older" nurses and had a component about internet savvy older nurses, it might fly better. Well, I better go sit in my rocker and knit awhile. LOL HeeHee!!
- 0Jul 24, '99 by Christie H.Guess what? Where I work the " young" nurses know less about a computer then I do. They also don't attend classes, read literature, further their knowledge as some of us "older" nurses do. Are you talking "old" or experienced? Note that the mean age of nurses is about 42. Is that old or experienced?