Pattern of internet use by iranian nursing students. Facilitators and barriers


  • Fatemeh Shirazi Nurse, Ph.D. Assistant professor, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. Email:
  • Shiva Heidari Nurse, M.Sc. Instructor professor, Urmia branch, Islamic Azad University, Urmia, Iran. Corresponding author
  • Sorur Javanmardi Fard Nurse, M.Sc. Instructor professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. Email:
  • Fariba Ghodsbin Nurse, M.Sc. Assistant Professor, Quality Improvement in Clinical Education Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. Email:
  • Mohammad Reza Koohpeyma Nurse, M.Sc. Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran. email:



Computers, cross-sectional studies, information technology, information storage and retrieval, Internet, students, nursing.


Objective. To evaluate the pattern of internet use and factors that facilitate or dissuade its use among nursing students from a university in Urmia, Iran.

Methods. A cross-sectional, descriptive study was conducted with 162 nursing students selected through simple random sampling.

Results. The findings indicated that 49.1% of the students used the internet from 15 to 60 min per day. The principal use of the internet was to search for scientific content in the Web. Factors that facilitated internet use were “ease of use” and “Access to experts to solve problems and answer questions”, while the dissuasive factors were “lack of concentration”, “cost of internet services”, and preference for information provided by professors or available directly in textbooks. Internet use by the students was related with the use of this tool in classroom activities and with English fluency.

Conclusion. Students have an internet use pattern aimed at self-study that should be strengthened with knowledge of English, assignments online, familiarization with the use of electronic databases, and other strategies to motivate them to use this technology with greater frequency.


How to cite this article: Shirazi F, Heidari S, Fard SJ, Ghodsbin F, Koohpeyma MR. Pattern of Internet Use by Iranian Nursing Students. Facilitators and Barriers. Invest. Educ. Enferm. 2019; 37(2):e06.

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Shirazi, F., Heidari, S., Javanmardi Fard, S., Ghodsbin, F., & Koohpeyma, M. R. (2019). Pattern of internet use by iranian nursing students. Facilitators and barriers. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 37(2).




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