Virtual Reality Simulation in Teaching
From Michelle Tooher
The evidence over the past five years show that Virtual Reality Simulation (VRS) in nursing education is on the rise. Substantial changes are happening in the delivery of care such as demographic changes, existing and emerging health challenges, increased diversity of settings of healthcare delivery and a greater need for digital and technical skills. Thus, student nurses need training to prepare them for the complex demands of changing nursing practice.
This VRS training in the skills laboratory goes beyond the training of standardized skills and addresses the complexity of care and emotional aspects of communication and interaction. It also provides students’ opportunities to develop critical thinking skills in a safe learning environment, with reflection and acquisition of new understandings and knowledge in the debriefing phase.
Here, we will introduce the project and describe complex scenarios for VRS and the suite of modules, which represent realistic nursing practice. We will also discuss the projects collaboration across four countries – Finland, Germany, Denmark and Ireland.
Virtual Reality Simulation in Nursing Education - ViReTrain, an ERASMUS+ funded, European project