Brief Client Feedback: Enhancing Nursing Education with Virtual Clinical Simulations and Scenarios from Healthcare Learning Innovations

October 04, 2019

Healthcare Learning Innovations, a division of American Sentinel University, is the creator of adaptive learning techniques that simulate activities performed by nurses and nursing students in game-based simulations. Nursing schools around the country are integrating these virtual clinical simulations and scenarios into their ADN, BSN and RN to BSN nursing courses, capstone projects and other clinical training programs to help students achieve desired outcomes. These Virtual Clinical Scenarios are used by schools ranging from hospital-based nursing programs and community colleges to 4-year pre-licensure programs. In their last webinar, Healthcare Learning Innovations invited faculty and administrators from these colleges to give personal and student feedback of using Prioritization of Care® and Patient Management and Delegation® in their courses.

Valuable in Many Different Teaching Environments

Larry Johnson from Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Campus has integrated Prioritization of Care into its one-year Nurse Residency program.

All units on the Mayo Clinic Florida campus can be considered specialty units as service lines are relatively narrow and well defined,” he says. “Professional development of newly licensed RNs can, therefore, become skewed to specific patient populations. This is good for the home unit, but bad for the RN when they begin floating to other units as staffing needs dictate. Prioritization of Care requires learners to engage a broader spectrum of clinical judgment and knowledge, thereby contributing to newly licensed RNs remaining in closer touch with nursing fundamentals.

Marie Everhart, associate professor in the ADN program at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, says the college uses Patient Management and Delegation to make activities for its senior leadership nursing students more engaging.

Healthcare systems in our area are really complex,” says Everhart. “This complexity in the environment has really limited the students’ participation and experiences in making decisions on patient management. We have to be really creative as faculty, and new nurses often have difficulty in this area of delegation and prioritization of care. Activities such as this screen-based simulation fill that void.

For Paul Haidet, a nursing instructor in the LPN to RN program at Mercy Hospital College of Nursing in Miami, Florida, the nursing scenarios help students think critically in a fun and relaxed learning environment.

The students have really enjoyed clinical specialty badges for correctly triaging various patients,” says Haidet. “This gamified reward system gives them a sense of personal satisfaction for making great progress as they progress through the various levels of the simulation exercises. Also, the students love how realistic the patient scenarios are presented.

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