Integrating clicker technology at nursing conferences: An innovative approach to research data collection

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  • Susan Solecki MSN FNP-BC PNP-BC,

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    1. Clinical Assistant Professor at Drexel University College of Nursing Health Professions, DUNEI Committee Member, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
      Susan Solecki, 1505 Race St, MS 501 Bellett Bldg Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PA 19102, USA. Email: sms46@drexel.edu; kmf43@drexel.edu
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  • Frances Cornelius PhD MSN RN-BC CNE,

    1. Clinical Associate Professor at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, DUNEI Committee Member, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Judy Draper MSN GNP BC,

    1. Nurse Practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania, DUNEI Nurse Planner 2008, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Kathleen Fisher PHD

    1. Associate Professor at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, DUNEI Committee Member, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Susan Solecki, 1505 Race St, MS 501 Bellett Bldg Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PA 19102, USA. Email: sms46@drexel.edu; kmf43@drexel.edu

Abstract

Solecki S, Cornelius F, Draper J, Fisher K. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2010; 16: 268–273
Integrating clicker technology at nursing conferences: An innovative approach to research data collection

A pilot demonstration of integrating an audience response system, that is, ‘clickers’ at a nursing education conference as an engaging tool for using the research process for learning through immediate research results is presented. A convenience sample of nursing conference attendees were surveyed using clicker technology before a panel presentation on the ‘Impaired Health Professional'. The 208 subjects who used the clickers were mostly women (93%) and were nurse educators (81%) with at least 20 years of nursing experience (75%). The ease of data collection, real-time analysis, the active engagement of both participant and presenter were all findings of this study. The utility of this tool as a stimulus for discussion and learning was also reported. Pilot testing the clicker at an education conference for data collection and educational purposes was an important goal and positive outcome of this study. Researchers and educators are advised on the planning steps required to make this a successful experience.

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