Immersive virtual reality (VR) simulations offer interactive experiences that can be an effective tool for teaching pain management to nurse learners. It can provide a multisensory learning experience that engages learners' senses, such as sight, sound, and touch, which can help learners to better understand and manage pain by experiencing it in a more realistic and engaging way.
Here are 3 ways immersive virtual reality simulations can educate nurse learners about pain management and 3 UbiSim scenarios that focus on pain management.
Instructors can use VR simulations to immerse students in scenarios where they can experience various types of pain or discomfort from a patient's perspective. This can help students develop empathy and a better understanding of the challenges faced by patients experiencing pain.
UbiSim offers a scenario where Mr. Morton, who uses opioids for chronic pain, is experiencing opioid toxicity during hospitalization. This is a great opportunity for students to practice empathy and understanding while treating him.
Pain management often involves a multidisciplinary approach. VR simulations can teach students the importance of collaborating with other healthcare professionals, such as other nurses and providers. Multiplayer mode in UbiSim enables nursing students and educators to participate in immersive clinical scenarios together, working as a team to assess and care for virtual patients.
The 6 steps of clinical judgment for nursing are crucial in pain management because they provide a systematic approach to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, evaluate, and reflect on the patient's pain experience. Pain is a complex and subjective phenomenon that requires a comprehensive understanding of the patient's health history, physical, emotional, and psychological needs.
At UbiSim, the immersive VR training platform for nursing, we have two more scenarios that deal with pain management (pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic) strategies.
UbiSim offers a scenario where 9-year-old Anthony is experiencing abdominal pain due to appendicitis.
The third scenario UbiSim offers is Stacey Jones, who is a post-operative patient in severe pain.
At UbiSim, our mission is to make immersive virtual reality practical and useful for nursing education. We aim for our technology to bridge the gap between knowledge and application.
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