Shadow Health Research & Articles: Nursing, & Clinical Experience

Explore research and articles, conducted by Shadow Health, offering scientific insight into real current nursing and clinical skills.

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Impact of a Virtual Patient Simulation on Nursing Students’ Attitudes of Transgender Care

Study findings support experiential learning in nursing as an effective tool in teaching cultural competence and sensitivity when caring for transgender patients.

“Health Assessment has really improved my assessment skills, and how to do different types of focused assessments that I do not ordinarily do. It also makes me think deeper about how the different systems interact with one another, and reminds me that all are vitally important.”

- Nursing Student
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Demonstrating Efficacy in Clinical Judgment Skills Using the Digital Clinical Experiences™

Elsevier’s Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experiences™ provide realistic interactions with virtual patients using a patented conversation engine. Clinical judgment behaviors such as Recognize Cues, Analyze Cues, Prioritize Hypothesis, Generate Solutions, Take Actions, and Evaluate Outcomes are integrated within each of the DCE patient interactions, giving learners the opportunity to practice and develop these critical skills in a standardized environment. This helps learners build confidence in their clinical judgment skills and become more effective at delivering high-quality care to a diverse population of patients.

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Learning to Bring Comfort to Patients and Families Through Palliative and Hospice Simulations

Of all the vital functions of nurses, palliative and hospice care is one of the most impactful. When patients are approaching end-of-life situations, the conversations nurses have with both patients and their families are difficult, sensitive, and at times contentious. These conversations can have a huge and lasting impact. And with an increasingly aging population, palliative care is becoming a larger proportion of nursing care.

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Reflecting US Diversity Through Shadow Health’s® Virtual Patient Population

Shadow Health has a wide range of simulation characters, or Digital Standardized Patients™, that allow students to practice clinical skills in nursing disciplines from Fundamentals to Advanced Primary Care. Because of the patented natural language Conversation Engine within Shadow Health’s Digital Clinical Experiences™ (DCEs), students can practice authentic conversations with patients with diverse representation that students may not see in the clinical setting.

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Can Virtual Patient Simulation Be Used in Substitution of Traditional Clinical Hours in Undergraduate Nursing Education?

As the field of nursing education continues to improve this educational strategy, several studies have examined the effects of simulation on student outcomes when used in substitution for traditional clinical hours. The purpose of this white paper is to examine evidence of the effectiveness of this strategy, identify best practices for its implementation across the undergraduate nursing curriculum, and discuss the role that Elsevier’s Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experiences™ could potentially play in improving the preparation of students as faculty adopt virtual patient simulation into their course.

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HIV and Contact Tracing: Impact of a Virtual Patient Simulation Activity

People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) face significant stigma and discrimination within the healthcare system. Virtual patient simulations can effectively teach nursing students about patient care issues they may not encounter as part of their clinical education. Read the research article where we explore how caring for a virtual patient with HIV in Shadow Health was proven to decrease discriminatory attitudes in students.

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Connecting Virtual Patient Simulation to AACN New Essentials

In this pre-recorded webinar, experts Dr. Cheryl Wilson and Dr. Gerry Altmiller discuss approaches to nursing education with the new Essentials in mind, including concept versus competency-based curricula, and how virtual patients align with these approaches. They also discuss how the new Essentials align with the shift in nursing education and the future of nursing.

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Measuring Efficiency in Nursing Student Patient Care Skills Using the Digital Clinical Experiences (DCE) ™

Discover how the Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experiences™ help 82% of learners increase efficiency. Our research-backed program helps improve data collection, therapeutic communication, and care planning.

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The Value of Virtual Patient Scenarios

Learn how virtual patient scenarios like Shadow Health can provide positive clinical judgment skill development for your students. Research suggests that high-fidelity simulations can be more realistic and challenging than traditional methods.

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Transformative Learning through Virtual Patient Simulations

Discover how complex virtual patient simulations, in conjunction with self-reflection activities, can engage students in significant transformative learning that develops insightful, knowledgeable nurses.

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Bridging the Education to Practice Gap

Explore how virtual patient simulations help educators teach safe, patient-centered care to bridge the gap between education and practice and lead to better patient care and outcomes.

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Using the Digital Clinical Experiences™ as Evidence for the Accreditation Process

Learn how Shadow Health’s Digital Clinical Experiences™ can demonstrate high quality education outcomes for nursing programs to use as evidence during the accreditation process.

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Shadow Health Use Cases Before and During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted nursing education in many ways, especially when it came to applying clinical skills. With many clinical sites unable to provide students full access to training at their facilities, nursing programs had to find new ways for students to have hands-on critical thinking opportunities.

“Pharmacology helped to improve my therapeutic communication as well as interview effectively so I could get the necessary information needed to properly care for my patient.”

- Nursing Student

“Shadow Health provides many helpful tactics to help assess a patient in real life. I tried to assess someone before I even took a look at Health Assessment and I was clueless. After looking at these assignments, things became so much more easier on me. I started imagining myself working on Tina Jones and pretty much bringing the assignment to life.”

- Nursing Student

“Shadow Health has helped me gain better assessment skills. This is something that all new nurses should have the chance in participating in to get more comfortable with the question/answer part of assessments. Gerontology is helpful in the fact that we will be facing or maybe have already faced the elderly patient with cognitive deficits. The way in which we need to addressed certain questions and situations will be different. I appreciate the practice.”

- Nursing Student