University of Oulu

Pajari, Juha MHSc, RN, PHN; Sormunen, Marjorita PhD, RN; Salminen, Leena PhD, RN, PHN; Vauhkonen, Anneli MHSc, RN; Aura, Suvi PhD, RN; Koskinen, Monika PhD, RN; Mikkonen, Kristina PhD, RN; Kääriäinen, Maria PhD, PHN; Saaranen, Terhi PhD, MA (Education), RN, PHN. The Appearance of Digital Competence in the Work of Health Sciences Educators: A Cross-sectional Study. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing 40(9):p 624-632, September 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000930

The appearance of digital competence in the work of health sciences educators : a cross-sectional study

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Author: Pajari, Juha1; Sormunen, Marjorita2; Salminen, Leena3;
Organizations: 1Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio
2Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio
3Department of the Nursing Science, University of Turku, and Turku University Hospital
4Unit of Health Care, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio
5Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa
6Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu
7Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Wolters Kluwer, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-09-30


The digital competence of health sciences educators is important for the delivery and development of modern education and lifelong learning. The aim of the study was to assess the appearance of digital competence in the work of Finnish health sciences educators and to determine whether educators’ background factors are related to the areas of digital competence appearance. The European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators was used as a theoretical background. The participants were Finnish health sciences educators (n = 388). Data were collected by quantitative survey and statistically analyzed. Results show that health sciences educators had participated in continuing education to develop their expertise and used a variety of digital methods and materials. Educators need more competence to improve healthcare students’ ability to use digital technology. In the area of Teaching and Learning, educators younger than 40 years rated the appearance of digital competence as better than did those between the ages of 40 and 49 years. In the future, health sciences educators’ basic and continuing education could take into account the competence requirements for digital competence, and educators’ expertise must be increased in areas where digital competence does not appear strong.

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Series: Computers, informatics, nursing
ISSN: 1538-2931
ISSN-E: 1538-9774
ISSN-L: 1538-2931
Volume: 40
Issue: 9
Pages: 624 - 632
DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000930
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Funding: This study was funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland.
Copyright information: © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing 40(9):p 624-632, September 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000930.