NSME & Web Services Librarian California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield, California
Health information literacy is an important component of information literacy and receives growing attention as the need for healthcare workers rises and the knowledge base for all those working as health professionals continues to expand. This study investigates information seeking behaviors and confidence by surveying nursing students in hybrid and fully online classes as well as traditional face-to-face classes. Students were asked to self-report their confidence level in 7 different aspects of health information literacy. 6 questions were asked to help researchers understand nursing students’ information seeking behaviors. 88 surveys were completed with a response rate of 35%. 80% of study participants reported feeling fairly or very confident in their ability to find Evidence-based resources and peer-reviewed journal articles. 73% of students felt confident giving patients’ health information. 69% of students felt confident gathering statistics on health data. Majority nursing students used the library website to find information from home. Many students were using the online portal to the library to access resources, therefore nursing librarians should work with nursing students through multiple platforms but with an emphasis on the digital, this is especially true when Covid-19 outbreak shifted most instruction to online learning.