A feasibility study on the adoption of e-learning for public health nurse continuing education in Taiwan

Shu Yu, I. Ju Chen, Kuei Feng Yang, Tze Fang Wang, Lee Lan Yen*

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility of developing e-learning and to examine reasons for adopting or rejecting e-learning as an alternative way to conduct continuing education (CE) for public health nurses (PHNs). A nationwide-based cross-sectional study was conducted with a randomly selected sample of 233 PHNs in Taiwan. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data by mailing methods. The majority of PHNs (88.84%, n = 207) showed an affirmative intention towards adopting e-learning as their one way of CE. Reasons for adopting e-learning included achieving life learning, fulfilling personal interests, time-saving, based on job needs, information diversity, flexible in time and space, self-regulatory learning, cost-effectiveness, less impact on family duties and life. Twenty-six PHNs (11.16%) who rejected e-learning as their way of CE indicated main reasons including poor computer competence, lack of personal computer and without internet access, heavy work load, heavy family duties, conflict with personal preference, heavy economic burden, lack of motivation, and low self-control. This study reveals a high feasibility of developing e-learning that coexists with other CE models (e.g. traditional instruction). Reasons analyses provide directions for decreasing barriers for developing a learning model of this new medium for nurses' CE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-761
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Continuing education
  • E-learning
  • Public health nurses
  • Web-based learning


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