The Implications of Online Learning for Nurse Managers

Jill Mccarthy, J. McCarthy

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Online learning for nurses is growing in popularity, with programmes ranging from mandatory update training to part-time master’s degrees. E-learning, as it is referred to, offers flexibility in access to learning, study time and learning styles. In busy clinical areas where guidance is provided on minimum nurse staffing levels, e-learning provides solutions for managers wishing to encourage professional development whilst still maintaining adequate nursing cover. Caution must be heeded however when choosing such programmes as quality and efficacy differs across the range. This paper highlights the properties of good e-learning pedagogy to prepare nurse managers for successful assessment of these programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2014


  • Online learning,
  • Nursing
  • E-learning
  • Mandatory updates
  • Continuing professional development


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