Title

The Student Experience Using Virtual Reality Simulation to Teach Decontamination

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2014

Abstract

Background

There is a need to prepare new nurses in disaster procedures. Virtual reality simulation (VRS) offers a method for disaster training; yet, little is known about the student experience using this type of simulation.

Methods

Senior baccalaureate students at two universities who experienced a VRS decontamination exercise were asked to participate in focus groups to describe their experience. Responses were analyzed using constant comparative analysis.

Results

Student feedback was positive, and three themes emerged from the data: The Experience of VRS, The Learning Process, and The Implementation of the Learning Activity.

Conclusions

VRS provides an engaging learning opportunity to learn the skill of decontamination. Educators and developers must work together to ensure optimal learning opportunities for students in virtual environments.

DOI

10.1016/j.ecns.2014.08.003