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December 6, 2023

New Study Shows UbiSim VR Simulation Boosts Confidence and Skills in Nursing Students

Key findings: Headset-based Virtual Reality simulation improves accuracy, increases clinical judgment, and increases self-confidence among sophomore nursing students

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BOSTON and MONTREAL — DECEMBER 6, 2023 — In the ever-evolving landscape of nursing education, adapting to the changing needs and preferences of today’s students is essential. Dr. Stacy L. Russell's recent research study, titled "Evaluating a Virtual Reality Simulation-Based Tool in Undergraduate Nursing Students for Impact on Accuracy, Clinical Judgment, Fear, and Self-Confidence when Donning, Doffing, and Disposing of Personal Protective Equipment" (Russell, 2023), sheds light on the effectiveness of headset-based VR simulation as a learning tool in nursing education. 

“We are thrilled to see the positive impact that UbiSim VR has had on nursing students and faculty,” said Dr. Julian Allen, Vice President of Academic Affairs for UbiSim. “Our goal is to provide an immersive and engaging learning experience that helps aspiring and practicing nurses gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in their nursing careers.”

Summary of main findings: 

  • Headset-based Virtual Reality simulation improves accuracy, increases clinical judgment, and increases self-confidence among sophomore undergraduate nursing students. 
  • Nursing students said they were satisfied with headset-based VR simulation as a learning modality. 
  • Faculty said they would use the headset-based VR Simulation platform as a teaching modality in the future and that it was as favorable as a traditional lecture or lab simulation

100% of the sophomore nursing students involved in the study strongly agreed that immersive VR-based simulation:

  • UbiSim VR scenarios closely resembled real-life situations, elevating the authenticity of their learning experiences.
  • UbiSim VR provided valuable opportunities to prioritize nursing assessments and care, significantly contributing to their overall competence and preparedness.

100% of nursing faculty involved in the study expressed strong support for immersive VR-based simulation, strongly agreeing that:

  • The experience offered by UbiSim VR was as favorable as traditional lecture or lab simulations.
  • They believe that this teaching method will significantly aid student learning.
  • They are open to using this platform for future student teaching, recognizing its effectiveness. 

Citation: Russell, S. L. (2023). Evaluating a Virtual Reality Simulation-Based Tool in Undergraduate Nursing Students for Impact on Accuracy, Clinical Judgment, Fear, and Self-Confidence when Donning, Doffing, and Disposing of Personal Protective Equipment. Retrieved from https://researchrepository.wvu.edu/etd/11960/.

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About UbiSim

UbiSim, a Labster company, is the leading immersive virtual reality (VR) training platform dedicated specifically to nursing. By combining evidence-based immersive VR simulations with an intuitive, web-based authoring tool, UbiSim empowers faculty to customize and design simulations that are curated for their students' learning objectives and align with Next Generation NCLEX test plan and AACN Essentials domains. With UbiSim, nurse educators can meet their learners precisely where they are, bridging the gap between traditional learning and the dynamic needs of today's nursing students. UbiSim partners with 100-plus nursing institutions in North America and Europe to advance the shared mission of addressing the nursing shortage by reducing the cost, time, and logistical challenges of traditional simulation methods and scaling high-quality nursing education. Founded in 2016, UbiSim was acquired by Labster (www.labster.com) in 2021. Visit www.ubisimvr.com.

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