As nursing faculty, we want to engage our students to explore and participate in ways that suit their individual learning styles and needs. The use of various emerging technologies such as virtual reality and high- fidelity simulation has been proven to be an effective way in teaching and learning in nursing.
These tools attempt to imitate clinical environments and facilitate realistic experiences. For example, clinical scenarios can be developed electronically or in high-fidelity simulation labs and be delivered to students offering a safe environment to practice important skills like making clinical decisions, information retrieval, and assessment and diagnostic reasoning. The intent is to increase their level of confidence. make for a safe learning environment and grow their clinical judgment and decision making for safe competent practice in future.
Stephanie and I have discussed the benefits and drawbacks to virtual reality education within nursing on many different occasions. While reading her blog post from EC&I 833 class on virtual reality, it echoed some of my concerns with this means to educate. It makes me wonder if the benefits would outweigh the drawbacks? Do you lose the “Human Connection” ? More over, what if students don’t have access to devices or the financial means to purchase the programs? Would this be mandatory for the nursing education program or optional?
However, technologies such as virtual reality can play an important role in teaching clinical skills to the next generation of nurses – and without causing harm to their patients.
Getting to my point….How does this fit with our group’s medical terminology course prototype that I mentioned last week in my blog?
I feel virtual reality education could play an important role to better understanding medical terminology for nursing students. Nurses need to understand this language to be able to communicate and understand critical aspect to their job on a daily basis. If there is not a clear understanding of the terminology, there are risks for potentially life threatening consequences to happen.
Medical terminology can be hard to learn, no fun and rather boring.
What if virtual reality education could transform this? Nurses need to be able to communicate inter-professionally with confidence. Virtual reality could assist by allowing students the time to practice this in a safe, non stressful environment – with immediate feedback. Twana’s blog post video was a great example of how students struggle with pronunciation of these terms. Incorrect pronunciation is a fear that many nurses and nursing students have when communicating in and among professionals. Virtual reality education would allow for hands on practice.
I would love to say that we will be able to build some form of virtual reality tool into our course prototype, but I can not see this happening in the short amount of time we have. However, I do see value in virtual reality education for medical terminology education.
As for our course prototype we have decided to use moodle as our platform (I know, I know, painful right?). Being that I am an nurse education within the SCBScN program which collaborates with the University of Regina, we use URcourses (Moodle platform). Due to the nature of the courses I primarily teach in now, I have not had to do much work on URcourses directly. Therefore, this was a great opportunity to learn more about Moodle before I have to take on more URcourse coordination responsibly in my very near future.
Group meeting scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017.