The Nursing Theory Website is a compilation (more than 200 links) of websites relating to about 24 nursing theories and nursing models. The site is organized by the name of the theorist. The site also includes information on upcoming conferences and a comprehensive listing of references (videos and books) relating to nursing theory. The site is maintained by an international group of nurses with a special interest in nursing theory.
The references are noted in English and French.
Type of Material:
This is a comprehensive collection of website links, video and print references devoted to nursing theory.
There are no special technical requirements for this material.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The stated purpose of this site is to assist students who are writing a paper or preparing a presentation on a theorist. The authors clearly state that the site is only meant to supplement library and CINAHL searches.
Target Student Population:
The target audience is any student studying nursing theory.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Prerequisite knowledge is an interest in nursing theory.
The site is clear, concise and comprehensive. It is current (it had been updated within the last fours weeks of our review). The information posted can be used in a variety of settings.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site represents a comprehensive collection of resources relating to nursing theory. One could easily write assignments based on the nursing theory website.
The reviewers recognize the fact that this site was designed to provide supplementary information on the topic of nursing theory. The site could be easily transformed into an effective teaching tool with the addition of assignments that incorporate the following: learning objectives; statements of prerequisite knowledge; narrative to describe how the information builds on prior nursing concepts; a means to demonstrate relationships between concepts.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use and visually attractive. The site is available in both English and French.
The site is not particularly engaging. The user does not know what to expect until they click on a hyperlink. The authors might consider categorizing the type of link or including the criteria for selecting the link to improve the usability.
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