Presenter: Charlene Ronquillo, RN, PhD; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Development, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus
Webinar Abstract: In this talk, I discuss a study that was conducted to examine the effects of first-level leaders’ implementation leadership characteristics on nurses’ intention to use and actual use of mHealth in practice while controlling for nurses’ individual characteristics, voluntariness, perceived usefulness, and perceived ease of use of mHealth.
We conducted a cross-sectional exploratory correlational survey study of registered nurses in Canada (N = 288) between January and June 2018. In the study, we surveyed nurses who provided direct care in any setting and used employer provided mobile health tools (mHealth) in practice. We conducted hierarchical multiple regression analyses for the outcome variables intention to use and actual use.
We found that implementation leadership characteristics of first-level leaders influenced nurses’ intention to use and actual use of mHealth. Implementation leadership had a greater influence on the intention to use mHealth among nurses with an RN diploma or Bachelor of Nursing as compared to nurses with a Graduate degree. For older participants, implementation leadership had less of an influence on nurses’ actual use of mHealth.
From these findings, we suggest that leaders responsible for the implementation of mHealth need to assess and consider their implementation leadership behaviours as these play a role in influencing nurses’ mHealth use. Education level and age of nurses may be important factors to consider as different groups may require different approaches to optimize nurses’ use of mHealth in practice.
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