UbiSim: Transforming Nursing Education with VR Simulations

UbiSim enhances nursing education, fostering confidence and clinical readiness


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Student Engagement: In each simulation session, typically comprising 8-9 students, participants rotate roles across three scenarios within a four-hour timeframe. Observers, projected on a screen, engage actively, enhancing learning for those not directly involved. Seniors often express a preference for VR simulations due to their realism, including lifelike sound effects. The immersive nature of UbiSim allows students to focus solely on the scenario, alleviating potential intimidation from instructors.

Scenario Editing and Customization: Using the UbiSim Editor, scenarios are easily crafted to align with specific educational objectives. Even with limited gaming experience, complex scenarios, inclusive of various medical elements and states, are developed efficiently. Customization extends to the inclusion of family members, fostering dynamic interactions that enhance learning. Notably, new students display increased confidence in VR environments, responding adeptly to challenging scenarios.

Impact on Nursing Education: Hesston College nursing students, trained with UbiSim, demonstrate superior preparedness and confidence, as noted by clinical staff. Notably, students exhibit assertiveness and resilience in high-pressure situations, reflecting the effectiveness of VR training. The program’s ability to instill practical skills and psychological readiness underscores its value in nursing education.

Addressing Virtual Reality Sickness: Concerns about VR-induced sickness are addressed through gradual exposure and support. Students initially apprehensive often find their fears alleviated upon immersion in UbiSim scenarios. Reported instances of discomfort diminish as students become engrossed in patient care, highlighting the program's ability to overcome initial challenges.

Rrahul Sethi
June 4, 2024
5 min read