Tech Report

Knowledge work in nursing and midwifery: an evaluation through computer mediated communication

Recent changes in policy and culture require health workers to incorporate ??knowledge work?? as a routine component of professional practice. Innovative computer-mediated communication technologies provide the opportunity to evaluate the nature of ??knowledge work?? within nursing and midwifery. This study embedded an online discussion system into an acute NHS Trust to support interaction within communities of practice. The complete record of online communications was analysed.

Nurses were found to predominantly engage in information work with knowledge work restricted to senior-to-senior level exchanges. In contrast, midwives were observed to employ the technology to support knowledge work between all grades.

The study indicates that technology can support knowledge work, including conveying tacit knowledge effectively.

Publication(s)

International Journal of Nursing Studies, Vol.43, 1, (83-97), Elsevier.

ID: kmi-06-10

Date: 2006

Author(s): Fiona Brooks, Peter Scott

Resources:
Download PDF

View By

Other Publications

Jobs

Research Manager (Grade 7)

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
£33,199 - £39,609
Based in Milton Keynes
Fixed term until 31st July 2121

The Open University is the UK's largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. The Role The main purpose of the role is to provide an administrative service to KMi's Executive Team, academic and researchers and undertake other responsibilities in the Unit as directed. See the attached Job Description for further details and desirable...

Research Assistant / Associate (AC1 - AC2)

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
£30,395 - £38,460 (Grade AC1 / AC2)
Based in Milton Keynes
6 Months Fixed Term - Full time

The Open University is the UK's largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. The Role We are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant or Research Associate with a background in Computer Science, Electric Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Statistics to work on a small collaborative project funded by AND technology research (www.andtr.com). See...

CONTACT US

Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1908 653800

Fax: +44 (0)1908 653169

Email: KMi Support

COMMENT

If you have any comments, suggestions or general feedback regarding our website, please email us at the address below.

Email: KMi Development Team