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Fidelity Of Virtual Reality Training In CSON

Fidelity of Virtual Reality Training in CSON

Robin Wood

Associate Professor, Adult Health, Connell School of Nursing

The purpose of this project is to customize space in Cushing Hall (Simulation Room) with equipment approximating a patient hospital room for use with virtual reality training models (adult SimMan and infant SimBaby). The purpose of this project is to customize space in Cushing Hall (Simulation Room) with equipment approximating a patient hospital room for use with virtual reality training models (adult SimMan and infant SimBaby). The training models (manikins) were funded by ATIG support in 2007-08. Virtual reality technology in CSON is being implemented to prepare students in large clinical courses across our undergraduate, graduate and nurse anesthesia programs for critical care practice. High-fidelity simulation requires realistic settings where learners can suspend disbelief and practice skills in an environment as close to reality as possible. Therefore, actual hospital equipment must be available for scenario practice exactly as students would find it in hospital settings. Installation of media hardware for real-time and delayed scenario debriefing as students practice with the manikins is a critical need. Scenarios are useful practice only when faculty/student debriefing of recorded scenarios occurs immediately following the scenario enacted. Faculty Simulation Training is needed to optimize full use of the models in diverse clinical courses for students with wide variations in clinical experience. CSON clinical faculty members have been identified whose interest in high-fidelity simulation assures long-term investment in the technology for course use. They will complete the two-day Faculty Simulation Training as well as a two-day on site simulator Assembly and Programming course previously purchased from the manikin vendor.