Assessing the Student Experience of Using Virtual Simulation in a Community and Population Health Nursing Course (1090-003570) (Developmental Research Projects: Distanced and Virtual Education (By Invitation Only))
Start time: Friday, February 5, 2021, 2:00 PM End time: Friday, February 5, 2021, 3:00 PM Session Type: Research Study Development and Presentation Program Abstracts
Students in the Health, Communities, and Populations course at our University take a clinical practicum where they apply community and public health nursing principles from their theory course. While traditional practicum placements allow student to apply what they are learning, there is a need for additional immersive learning opportunities. Virtual simulation is one option for addressing this need; however, there is limited information about student experiences using virtual simulation for community and population health nursing courses. The purpose of the project is to assess the student experience of using virtual simulation in a community and population health nursing course. The research questions are, "How do students rate their debriefing experience after completing a self-debriefing activity followed by a synchronous group debriefing; and what reoccurring patterns and themes emerge from students' reflective activities after completing the virtual simulation activity?"
Students enrolled in Health, Communities, and Populations will engage in one virtual simulation experience each week for nine weeks. As part of their weekly simulation assignment, students will respond to three self-debriefing questions. When they attend their weekly practicum meetings, their course instructor will facilitate a debrief session about the virtual simulation with up to 12 other students. At the completion of the group debrief session, students will complete a quantitative assessment of their debriefing experience, provide any written comments they would like to share about their debriefing experience, and submit these to their instructor.
Quantitative data from the assessment of the debriefing experience will be examined using descriptive analyses. Qualitative data from the self-debriefing questions and comment section of the assessment of the debriefing experience will be analyzed for reoccurring patterns and themes using NVivo qualitative software and content analysis.