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Using virtual reality in medicine management education for children's nurses strengths and pitfalls

Tod, Julia, Selvaraj, Nelson, Barklam, Angharad and Smith, Peter 2023. Using virtual reality in medicine management education for children's nurses strengths and pitfalls. Presented at: Royal College of Nursing Education Forum National Conference & Exhibition 2023, Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, 25-26 April 2023.

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The aim of the development of this teaching method was to promote safe nursing practice in children's nurses medicines management . Through the immersive experience of virtual reality student nurses would understand decision making ,cause and consequence of medication errors . Medication in errors in nursing is a persistent challenge to safe nursing practice in children’s care. In children’s nursing practice second checking by qualified nurses can mean that student nurses do not fully engage in the medicines administration process. This dependence of their supervisor reduces their sense of responsibility and ability to recognise errors. The use of virtual reality allowed students to experience 3 scenarios from the medicine administrator’s point of view. The scenarios included ‘swiss cheese model’ errors in practice. Through this immersive experience the students were able make immediate decisions and reflections in a safe simulated environment. An evaluation of the teaching session identified that students were able to develop and improve their knowledge of medication error. This improvement in knowledge is reflective of a recently published meta-analysis of virtual reality education (Chen et al 2020). Following evaluation of the learning experience most students appreciated the immersive experience and felt it increased their sense of responsibility and engagement with the process. Over 85% were satisfied with the teaching experience. There were some notable challenges with a minority of students experiencing motion sickness.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 09:15

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