Nursing Interns’ Perceptions of Telenursing: Implications for Nursing Education


  • Vijayalakshmi Poreddi College of Nursing, Department of Nursing, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Institute of National Importance), Bangalore, India
  • Kathyayani Bidadi Veerabhadraiah College of Nursing, Department of Nursing, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Institute of National Importance), Bangalore, India
  • SaiNikhil Reddy Medical Internee, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India
  • Narayana Manjunatha Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Institute of National Importance), Bangalore, India
  • NaveenKumar Channaveerachari Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Institute of National Importance), Bangalore, India
  • Suresh Bada Math Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Institute of National Importance), Bangalore, India



nursing education, nursing informatics, nursing interns, perceptions, telemedicine, telenursing


Background: Telemedicine is a fast-emerging health sector in India. While nurses play an important role in delivering healthcare services through telemedicine, little is known about whether nursing interns are prepared adequately.

Aim: To evaluate nursing interns’ perceptions of telenursing and to find out their opinion on whether telenursing should be added to the curriculum.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive survey carried out among conveniently selected nursing interns (N = 183) from renowned colleges in Bangalore, South India. The data were collected using a self-reported questionnaire.

Results: In this study, a majority of the participants had smartphones (74.8%), were accessible to the internet (96.7%), and were using the internet for more than 3 h/day (73.3%). While a majority (65.6%) of the participants were able to correctly identify the definition of telenursing, only 33.9% of them rightly answered the definition of telemedicine. Most of the participants indicated that the inclusion of telenursing in undergraduate studies would be useful for future healthcare workers (92.4%), and telenursing can be practiced in all the medical specialties.

Conclusion: The majority of the nursing interns hold positive perceptions of telenursing and acknowledge its usefulness in nursing practice. However, their knowledge of telenursing is limited. Hence, the findings strongly suggest the need to introduce concepts of telenursing in curricula to prepare future healthcare providers to be able to provide safe and competent care in a highly technical and digital environment.


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How to Cite

Poreddi, V. ., Bidadi Veerabhadraiah, K. ., Reddy, S. ., Manjunatha , N. ., Channaveerachari, N. ., & Bada Math, S. . (2021). Nursing Interns’ Perceptions of Telenursing: Implications for Nursing Education. Telehealth and Medicine Today, 6(2).



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