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Measuring anxiety in undergraduate nursing students who use Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) during clinical rotations

, University of Phoenix, United States

University of Phoenix . Awarded


Nursing curriculum consists of courses that provide theoretical knowledge and clinical skills. Nursing is a profession that requires gaining critical thinking in addition to theoretical knowledge and clinical skills, the ability to multitask and to prioritize. This combination of knowledge and skills requires more time and exposure to real-life situations than is provided within the scope of a baccalaureate program. During clinical rotations, undergraduate nursing students have to learn how to apply their knowledge and skills in clinical setting. This transition may be very stressful and difficult to handle, because for some of the students as it presents new environment in addition to the necessity of applying previously learned knowledge. Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) are convenient to use as they are compact in size and can be stored in a pocket of a nursing uniform. PDAs provide nursing students with references related to medications, health assessment, and nursing process at the press of a button, when other resources may not be accessible at the moment of need of a nursing student. This study demonstrated slight decrease in state anxiety of undergraduate nursing students who used PDAs in clinical rotations. PDAs may contribute in effective learning and transitioning into the nursing profession by decreasing performance-related anxiety of undergraduate nursing students. PDAs may be considered as mandatory equipment for all undergraduate nursing programs. More studies are necessary, in order to mandate the use of PDAs in undergraduate nursing education.


Davydov, M. Measuring anxiety in undergraduate nursing students who use Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) during clinical rotations. Ph.D. thesis, University of Phoenix. Retrieved March 21, 2019 from .

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