Virtual reality = very cool! This would be a great in nursing education. Not only for patient simulations, practicing emergency situations, etc., but I also found this article about a virtual reality that includes Non-Player-Characters (e.g. family members, colleagues, visitors). In this particular article, it was about dealing with the behaviors of a patient with dementia – a tricky task. The VR allows the nursing students to practice their responses in a safe learning environment prior to testing out their techniques in the real world.
One interesting point this article makes, is that VR may replace traditional Simulation Based Training, as it is much more cost-effective than purchasing and maintaining mannequins, employment of simulation specialists, etc. Having gone to a nursing school that had SBT mannequins that no instructor knew how to use, I believe the addition of VR to nursing education would be very advantageous. But I do think there would need to be a balance of VR and practicing on real people. Nursing is a ‘people/caring’ profession – and that can’t fully be learned in a virtual setting.
What do you think?
Article Reference: http://vsgames2016.com/proceedings/papers/pid1178378.pdf