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December 7, 2020

Nursing Education in a Pandemic

With COVID-19 an ever-present risk, nursing leadership at Labouré College has risen to the challenge of creating new and effective instruction methods and a safe learning environment.

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Creating a Pandemic Plan

Labouré College's Dean of Nursing, Karen Manning, MSN, RN, started planning early. “In February, I started working on the ‘COVID Plan.’ By March, I was thinking about how to continue clinical for Spring. Then we needed to determine how we were going to keep the Summer semester while delivering the same level of skill training and knowledge we typically provide. That’s how virtual reality came about.”

By April, Manning had identified UbiSim, a virtual reality training program for nursing, to supplement the students’ high-fidelity simulation lab experience on campus.

“I had to come up with something that would continue to use the students’ clinical thinking skills, did not require an intensive amount of cleaning between uses, and would maintain all social distancing and infection control guidelines. There are a lot of video tools available for students, but I wanted something that would feel like walking into a patient’s room – something that would require communication, interactions, and skills.”

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UbiSim Debuts New Initiative to Support Goals of the Nursing is STEM Coalition

UbiSim's campaign kicks off at INACSL 2024 Conference to require U.S. government agencies to categorize nursing as a STEM field to help alleviate nursing shortage

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June 4, 2024

Simcast Podcast Features UbiSim Nurse Educator

UbiSim’s Lead Nurse Educator, Christine Vogel MSN, RN, CHSE, CHSOS, was invited to appear on an episode of SimCast, the higher education simulation podcast hosted by Tony Jermy and Lawrence Hill. The video podcast episode debuted on May 29, 2024.

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April 28, 2024

Using Virtual Reality to Improve Communication and Collaboration in Nursing Teams

Nursing is a profession that requires not only technical skills, but also soft skills such as critical thinking, decision making, empathy, confidence, teamwork, and smooth communication. But how can less experienced nurses develop their soft skills in terms of judgment, communication, and teamwork for better patient outcomes? Simulations allow nurses to practice and improve clinical reasoning, teamwork, and resilience in a realistic, controlled, high-pressure but safe environment. That’s the value of simulation; it’s a chance to make mistakes, analyze and reflect on performance, determine the possible fixes, and build muscle memory without real-world consequences from errors.

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