Educational Benefits of Using Virtual Reality Simulations

White paper: Educational Benefits of Using Virtual Reality Simulations

Authors: Mamta Shah PhD | James Bennett MFA

Developing students’ clinical readiness is a high-priority goal for nursing programs. Exposure to clinical situations is a cornerstone approach for engaging nursing students in domain-related activities. With technological advancements in a simulation like virtual reality, students have the ability to further develop their skills for successful clinical experiences.

Education experts describe specific learning benefits of using VR simulations for nursing students’ preparation for clinical experiences, along with a literature overview in nursing education and related fields of education.

White paper highlights

  • The educational benefits of VR simulations described in this paper will hopefully be useful for nursing educators considering how this innovative technology can complement their teaching.
  • Recent advancements in virtual reality (VR) technology allow individual and multiple learners to engage in simulation experiences that afford authentic role-playing with unparalleled immersion and interactivity.
  • The five educational benefits, illustrative quotes from students and faculty using Elsevier’s Simulation Learning System with Virtual Reality (SLS with VR), and growing evidence in extant literature strengthen the case that VR can greatly enhance clinical nursing education.