Developing digital educational materials for nursing and sustainability

There is limited European literature on nursing and sustainability; nursing students are poorly prepared on the connections between resources, climate change, sustainability, and health, so they must acquire knowledge and develop skills and competencies in this field. The use of digital technologies and teaching via E-learning has grown, and has been widely adopted as a learning method for nursing.

So, some researchers of CuiDsalud together with other member of NurSus project tested and evaluated digital educational materials on environmental sustainability and health, in the context of university nursing education in the countries who are involved in this project.


It was a observational cross-sectional study  developed in University of Plymouth, University of Jaén and University of Esslingen. The participants was 299 nursing students:  161 students from University of Jaén, 106 from Plymouth, and 32 from Esslingen. And 22 professional evaluators with different profiles as Teachers, Clinical professionals, Delphi Experts, and Technical Experts.

They conducted a piloting and validation process. The materials were designed and adapted to the NurSusTOOLKIT Sustainability Literacy and Competency framework. Evaluation was developed by professionals and students. They used the Spanish Standard for the assessment of Digital Educational Material Quality at University level questionnaire.

The overall evaluations of materials by students and professionals were 7.98 and 8.50, respectively. The Ability to generate learning was scored higher among students. In the overall assessment by students, statistically significant differences were found between the three universities.

To sum up, students, professionals, and technical experts considered the materials to be very good quality, especially regarding the quality of contents, format, and design. For students, these materials can generate reflection and learning regarding environmental and health issues during nursing training.

The full text can be consulted in: Álvarez-Nieto C, Richardson J, Parra-Anguita G, Linares-Abad M, Huss N, Grande-Gascón ML, Grose J, Huynen M, López-Medinaa IM. Developing digital educational materials for nursing and sustainability: The results of an observational study. Nurse Educ Today. 2018;60: 139-46.


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