Nursing studies

Simulated clinical placements: how to learn from mistakes in a risk-free environment

Virtual reality and high-tech simulation can build confidence to practise safely

Virtual reality and high-tech clinical simulation can build your confidence without fear of causing harm – and is gaining traction in undergraduate nursing programmes

When the history of the coronavirus pandemic comes to be written, it will surely record – after the tragedy of lives lost – countless ways in which nursing reacted and adapted in innovative ways.

In nurse education, the pandemic brought a swift halt to face-to-face teaching, with clinical placements no longer possible for many students.

But universities responded creatively. From pop-up hospital ‘wards’ to virtual reality headsets, they deployed every kind of resource to ensure nursing students could continue to learn.

Virtual simulated placements are here to stay

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