Virtual reality simulation in post-secondary healthcare education: What lessons can we learn?

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Virtual reality simulation (VRS) is an exciting new technique used in post-secondary healthcare education. VRS is an immersive 3D experience that allows students to practice skills in a safe yet realistic environment. However, can it provide enhanced learning outcomes to better prepare students for clinical situations? The researcher endeavored to determine the benefits and barriers for instructors and students using VRS in healthcare education. The researcher performed three one-on-one semi-structured interviews with instructors and a semi-structured focus group with four students. A thematic analysis to understand both instructor and student perspectives was conducted. The findings suggest that VRS provides a realistic environment to support students' clinical decision-making without fear of patient harm. Instructor and student motivation and attitude were noted as a factor in the success of the VRS experience. Organizational challenges associated with cost and feasibility must be considered when implementing a VRS program in healthcare education.
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Thesis advisor: Pidgeon, Michelle
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