Lived experience of nursing students about ethical concerns of using mobile learning in educational and clinical contexts

  • Hamid Reza Koohestani Assistant professor, Department of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Saveh University of Medical Sciences, Saveh, Iran.
  • Nayereh Baghcheghi Assistant professor, School of Nursing, Saveh University of Medical Sciences, Saveh, Iran.
  • Mahmood Karimy Associate Professor, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Saveh University of Medical Sciences, Saveh, Iran.
  • Morteza Hemmat Assistant professor, Department of Health Information Management, School of Medicine, Saveh University of Medical Sciences, Saveh, Iran.
  • Morteza Shamsizadeh Instructor, Chronic Diseases (Home Care) Research Center, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.
Keywords: Mobile learning; smartphone learning; ethical concerns; nursing student; education; clinical setting


Over the last decades education field has experienced a profound change after introduction of mobile technology. In this regard, nursing education is not an exception. This study explored the experience of nursing students about ethical concerns in m-learning in educational and clinical contexts. A qualitative phenomenological study was carried out on nursing students in Saveh University of Medical Sciences. The participants were selected through purposive sampling method. For data gathering, semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions were performed. The interviews were carried out until data saturation was achieved (n=19). Data analysis was done using Colaizzi’s 7-steps method. Data analysis revealed four themes and nine sub-themes including 1- preserving professional dignity (preserving professional dignity in front of patient, preserving professional dignity in front of teacher, and academic virtual identity); 2- securing informed consent and respecting personal autonomy (securing informed consent and respective patient’s autonomy ,and securing informed consent and respecting teacher’s consent); 3- proper and efficient use (observing the regulations and codes ,and  making educational use); 4- Avoiding harm (responsible use of class data  ,and responsible use of patient data).Using mobile technology in clinical and educational contexts raises ethical concerns for nursing students. This should be emphasized in nursing educational programs.


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Koohestani HR, Baghcheghi N, Karimy M, Hemmat M, Shamsizadeh M. Lived experience of nursing students about ethical concerns of using mobile learning in educational and clinical contexts. J Med Ethics Hist Med. 12.
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