Augmented Reality in Nursing Education - A Pilot Study

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Physical assessment is foundational to the nursing process. Knowledge of physical assessment is critical in nursing practice. Undergraduate nursing students. This quasi-experimental study integrated augmented reality (AR) to assist nursing students to learn techniques of heart/lung assessment. A treatment group using AR technology viewed an overlay of the heart, lungs and rib cage to enhance understanding of correct placement for assessment techniques using anatomical landmarks for respiratory/cardiac assessment compared to a control group without AR. Learning outcomes and learner satisfaction were compared. Psychomotor scores demonstrated an advantage to the AR group. Based on the comparisons between the AR group and the control group, our results demonstrated that the use of AR has the potential to improve the performance and content-mastery in nursing students. AR is a valuable tool for nursing students to apply concepts of physical assessment.



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