VR Simulations: Revolutionizing Nursing Education

VR simulations enhance nursing education with realism, safety, and autonomy

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SDSU's simulation lab has been enriched by the integration of virtual reality (VR), which has allowed for the migration of certain scenarios from the physical lab environment into the virtual realm. This transition has not only facilitated faster progression of students through simulations but has also resulted in significant cost savings by eliminating expenses associated with equipment, actor payments, and setup and teardown times.

In comparison to traditional mannequin-based simulations, UbiSim offers a notably heightened level of realism. Particularly in scenarios requiring the depiction of clinical signs such as coarse lung sounds and diaphoresis, UbiSim's immersive simulations provide a more authentic learning experience for students. While some simulations are tailored to meet specific requirements, others are selected from the pre-existing library, showcasing the platform's versatility and adaptability.

A notable advantage of serious gaming in education, particularly evident in VR simulations, is the establishment of psychological safety for learners. Students feel empowered to make mistakes and learn from them without the fear of causing harm to real patients, thus fostering a conducive learning environment.

VR simulations not only enhance students' understanding of clinical concepts but also facilitate a seamless transition to clinical practice. The autonomous and dynamic nature of VR scenarios enables students to witness the immediate outcomes of their interventions, thereby reinforcing the connections between theoretical knowledge and practical application. Structured debrief sessions following VR simulations play a crucial role in consolidating learning and promoting reflection among students. Guided by INACSL guidelines, these sessions provide students with an opportunity to evaluate their performance, identify areas for improvement, and enhance their clinical reasoning skills.

Rrahul Sethi
June 4, 2024
5 min read