J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2016 Feb;23(1):51-60. 10.7739/jkafn.2016.23.1.51.

Factors Influencing Intention to Use Smart-based Continuing Nurse Education

  • 1Department of Nursing, Pukyong National University, Busan, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea. ruby523@naver.com
  • 3Department of Nursing, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.


There is increasing attention to smart-learning as a new education paradigm. The purpose of this study was to identify the level of intention to use smart-based Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) and factors influencing intention to use smart-based CNE.
Participants were 486 nurses from 14 organizations, including 12 hospitals, a nurses association, and an office of education. Data were collected from November 5 to 18, 2014 using self-report questionnaires. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation, and stepwise multiple regression.
The mean score for intention to use smart-based CNE was 6.34 out of 10. The factors influencing intention to use smart-based CNE were nursing informatics competency, current unit career, and smartphone addiction. These variables explained 10% of variance in intention to use smart-based CNE.
The findings of this study suggest that efforts to enhance the nursing informatics competency of nurses could increase usage rate of smart-based CNE. The CNE policy makers will find this study very useful and the findings of this study will help to provide insight into the best way to develop smart-based CNE.


Nurses; Continuing education; Smartphone; Nursing informatics; Addiction
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