Global Health & Medicine 2023;5(3):191-193.
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a change in continuing education in nursing: From face-to-face to online education
Kenmotsu Y, Kameoka T
Prior to and up to 2019, the Training Center for Nursing Development, National College of Nursing, Japan (NCNJ) had provided education for nurses working at policy-based medical facilities in a face-to-face format. Since 2020 however, all on-campus courses have been cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The nursing directors of all participating facilities were subsequently surveyed; based on their responses, online education was implemented on a trial basis. As a result, all training since 2021 has been provided as online education. Online education has many advantages, such as there is no risk of contracting COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, no need for commuting or accommodations, courses can be attended remotely, and time can be used effectively. That said, there are some disadvantages. Potential improvements should be identified in the future.