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New Tech Reshaping Nursing Education

A new technology is being presented to help shape nursing learning and education, and it’s called big data. It says it will impact the education and training of the nursing profession, and it promises great change to the nursing practice including the performance and success rates of nurses. So what is this big data?

Big data is an all-encompassing and a popular term that is used to describe any collection of available data sets wherein such data sets are so massive and complex that they become difficult to process, capture, manage and curate using traditional data applications or commonly used software tools.

So how would big data be able to reshape nursing education? Well, here is the real issue with big data and nursing education and training. It is not about the acquisition of large data but it is how it will impact the training and learning of nurses as well as their performances and competencies.

It is observed that big data along with high powered analytics will help in the transformation and improvement of the experiences of nurse educators, trainers, and learners and also aid in reshaping how nurses will develop and enhance their knowledge, skills, competencies and performances. But these changes will take time because the nursing profession has just begun learning how to efficiently and effectively collect data and used it to its maximum advantage. The impact of big data in the field of nursing will be realized once the nurse trainers and educators discover and learn data analysis and controlling data sets to fulfill an objective or purpose.

Big data and analytics in the nursing practice will give nurse educators and trainers opportunities to help enhance the experiences of nurse learners by identifying preferences, values, beliefs, perceptions, attitudes, goals, strengths and weaknesses. Nurse trainers and educators will be able to gather facts and information and integrate them with big data and analytics to help them better understand nurse learners and then develop and improve ways to help those learners become competent and successful.

Also, with big data and analytics, nurse educators and trainers will be capable of gathering information from the nurse learners themselves, or observe their behavior and document their choices. But whatever strategy will be used, big data with high powered analytics will help in creating improved learning experiences for individual nurse learners.

With the information gathered and with big data and analytics being used, nurse educators and trainers will be able to offer and provide nurse learners a more personalized and customized experience, learning and education. This will then help individual learners to meet their goals and objectives in education and training in the nursing practice.

Big data and analytics’ promising outcome thrills and excites the nursing profession. What they can offer and provide for the nursing field is something that nurses will look forward to. With big data and analytics in the nursing practice, it is no doubt that transformation and reshaping of the nursing field and its education is at hand.

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