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Michelle Honey

Michelle Honey
School of Nursing, University of Auckland
(4/11/10, Civic 2, 10.30)

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  • Michelle HoneySchool of Nursing, University of AucklandKelley ConnorDepartment of Nursing, Boise State University, Idaho USA
    Transforming Learning:
    Using a Multi-User Virtual Environment for
    simulation
  • Simulation
    • Complex, interactive, and social experience
    • Mimics real-life
    • Trained role-players
    • High-fidelity mannequins
    • Genuine equipment
    • Authenticity
    • safe method for development of skills,
    competency & confidence through practice
  • Multi-User Virtual Environment
    • Electronic virtual world in cyberspace
    • Multiple simultaneous users
    • Person uses an ‘avatar’
    • Avatars interact with objects & each other
    • Communication through action, voice
    and/or text chat
    • shared experiences similar to real world
  • Second Life
    • Online 3D virtual world
    • Developed by Linden Labs
    • Free to download
    • http://secondlife.com
    • 1 million individual users/month access S.Life
    • Other MUVEs –
    • Active Worlds (http://activeworlds.org)
    • Twinity(http://twinity.com)
    • Croquet Consortium (http://www.opencroquet.org)
    • Unity 3D (http://unity3d.com)
  • Our Project
    • International project - 2 Schools of Nursing
    • Undergraduate nursing students
    • Based on scenario of woman with postpartum haemorrhage
    • Small number of student volunteers
    • 2 sessions of the simulation–1 from each School of Nursing
    • Roles
    • 3 student nurses
    • 1 patient (nurse educator) and 1 senior nurse (nurse educator)
    • 1 family member (student or educator)
    • Learning focus:
    • Recognizing abnormal presentation in a postpartum assessment
    • Nursing interventions for haemorrhage
    • Communication
  • Preparing for simulation
    Identify learning topic
    Prepare the medium – buildings, objects
    Pre-simulation preparation - knowledge
    Educators – practice and test
  • Preparing the students
    • Volunteers asked to access and create
    their avatar
    • Need to practice moving and talking
    • Orient students to environment
    • How to wash hands, take pulse
    • Prepare students for scenario (handover)
    THEN
    • Run the simulation (10-20 mins)
    • Debrief *****
    • Evaluate
  • Findings - Students
    Overwhelmingly positive
    Enjoyed the novelty
    “Weird and fun”
    Scenario “seemed real”
    “We had to think and act quickly”
    “Taught me about responding and thinking
    on my feet”
    A sense of realism
  • Findings -Nurse educators
    Need for practice
    Previous simulation experience helped
    Valuable lessons from pilot
    Students need adequate preparation
    Testing (found call button was missing)
    Debrief is essential
  • Findings -technology
    Problems likely to occur
    Repeated testing
    Sound issues
    Creation of environment & props time intensive
    Borrow, share, or buy existing virtual props
    NZ – extra problems re internet speed
  • In Summary - Lessons Learnt
    • Establish a team
    • Identify Learning Topic
    • Select the medium
    • Prepare the medium
    • Pre-simulation preparation
    • Prepare the educators
    • Orient students
    • Running the simulation
    • Debrief
    • Evaluate