SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days



Due to changes in educational processes during global pandemic restrictions and the rapid pace of innovation and developments in virtual reality technology, this modality of education is expected to become a common presence in healthcare education. Immersive simulation activities can be an effective way to facilitate collaboration and communication skills in a constructivist-based classroom. Evidence shows that virtual simulation improves critical thinking skills, psychomotor skills, and decision making (Padilha et al., 2019). In addition, the availability of an on-demand, customizable scenario is highly useful to supplement clinical learning when necessary. But many caution that virtual simulation, just like any other learning modality must be utilized effectively and efficiently. The Digital Health Education Collaboration outlines the need for a “strong evidence base to guide the development of immersive educational tools so that the learning goals and outcomes are in line with national and international standards” (as cited in Ryan et al., 2022, p.2)

This project is an effort to explore the effects of integrating a TeamSTEPPS model of communication and use of immersive virtual reality simulation into a second semester BSN program adult care practicum course as compared the standard course curriculum using an interactive mannequin.

Faculty Advisor

Christine Hober



Submission Type

online only poster




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