Developing a Pilot Online Learning and Mentorship Website for Nurses

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 269)

Abstract

The Ontario Nursing Connection (ONC) was a project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. It used electronic telecommunication tools via the internet as a vehicle for information exchange and virtual connection for nurses and other healthcare professionals. With a focus on three themes (leadership, mentorship, and interprofessional practice), this innovative website attracted close to 11,000 site visitors in a 12-month pilot period. Registered users (N = 645) who participated in a variety of learning and mentorship opportunities hailed from 29 countries around the world. Enhancements to existing software modules and new programming specific to the design of the project were used to create a rich repository of resources (text-based, audio, audio-visual, and virtual) on a number of topic areas. Additionally, through a virtual mentorship program, the ONC provided real time opportunities for knowledge transfer and support for career mobility. Learning from this project can now be applied to the development of a more permanent portal focusing on these themes and utilizing readily available and easily accessible technology to support continuous learning and professional development for nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Keywords

Mentorship Virtual learning environment Online mentorship 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the IMPLC Fund. The authors wish to thank the IT development team at York University for their support of the project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada
  2. 2.George Brown CollegeTorontoCanada

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