Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Nursing (Graduate)

First Advisor

Louann B. Zinsmeister

Second Advisor

Kim Fenstermacher


Background: Undergraduate nursing students are faced with entering a complex healthcare environment with increasing acuity in which they must perform significant information recall in order to provide safe and quality patient care. Students are also tasked with the translation of nursing theory into ever-changing practice. The purpose of this capstone project was to review published studies to discover what is known about the accessibility of educational content on mobile technology in undergraduate nursing education.

Methods: A systematic literature search was conducted using Medline, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library databases. Articles were chosen for inclusion in the project if they were peer- reviewed, available in full text, published after 2014, and written in the English language. Seven articles were chosen after review.

Results: The majority of nursing students already own smartphones and are open to using educational apps. Mobile technology use positively impacted nursing skills performance, confidence levels, class satisfaction, and learning motivation. Accessibility of POC information and evidence-based guidelines was perceived by nursing students to increase quality and safety of patient care.

Implications: Undergraduate nursing programs should continue to or begin to use mobile technology with implementation of specific mobile device activities. Further research topics should include randomized controlled trials focused on achievement of curricular outcomes, valid and reliable tools to measure effectiveness, and ways to train and motivate faculty.


This is an evidence-based practice capstone project submitted to the faculty of the graduate program in nursing in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Science in Nursing.