VET Nursing Students embrace virtual reality

11 December 2018

Ann Bolton, Virtual Trial

VET Nursing students have participated in a Virtual Reality (VR) trial experiencing a real-time simulation that allows them to freely navigate and explore an anatomically accurate 3D model of the human body, its organs, and their natural function.

The VET Online Project Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) team, in collaboration with the Innovative Media Productions Studio, ran the VR trial with a cohort of VET Nursing students during a recent Clinical Training Block (CTB) at Casuarina campus.

The students were provided a soft introduction to VR using a few different ‘fun’ apps, and trialling the ‘ShareCare YOU’ app which allows students to experience a real-time simulation of the human body.  ShareCare YOU allows students to freely navigate and explore an anatomically accurate 3D model of the human body, its organs, and their natural function. More information on ShareCare YOU can be found here.

The Diploma of Nursing team have developed simple activities that the students will need to collaborate on whilst using the VR ‘ShareCare YOU’ app that we propose will help as revision and reinforcement of knowledge for their Anatomy and Physiology unit. We have also added questions regarding VR to our Clinical Training Block Student Survey which we will use to inform our use of VR moving forward.

The students were required to collaborate on activities whilst using the VR application that the Diploma of Nursing team propose will help students as revision and reinforcement of knowledge for their Anatomy and Physiology unit.

Questions targeting the VR trial were included in the Clinical Training Block Student Survey with students providing overwhelmingly positive feedback such as “It was a great way to see theory in practice and made it easier to understand the body systems at work” and “I think that Anatomy & Physiology and VR go very well together. It is fantastic that you can actually see a realistic visual of the different organs, healthy and unhealthy”. 80% of students surveyed felt that the use of virtual reality helped them better understand anatomy and physiology.
 
The Diploma of Nursing team are excited by the potential of Virtual Reality in healthcare and will continue to utilise the technology to improve student retention of learning and enhance current teaching strategies.

The Diploma of Nursing Team are:
Ann Bolton, Team Leader
Kobi Schutz, Lecturer
Meagan Gaskett, Lecturer
Zachary Watt, Senior Learnline VET Developer & Trainer (VET Online Project)
Nijel Ratonel, Learnline VET Developer & Trainer (VET Online Project)

Written by Zachary Watt, Senior Learnline VET Developer & Trainer (VET Online Project)

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