AHU (AdventHealth University) is using VR to keep nursing students learning during the ongoing pandemic scenario.
Officials at the university mentioned that AHU is one of Florida’s first universities to use VR technology in healthcare education.
“Using this technology that experience of group learning together in one capacity and also keeps our students with hands-on opportunities on machines that they would only see in the hospital.” – Brandon Baker, Director of the Immersive Technologies Lab, AHU.
Jennifer Salazar, a senior nursing student at AHU, uses virtual reality to learn the application of an automated medication dispensing system. Without the virtual reality technology, she would not have got hold of the equipment until her first day of work as a nurse.
“It makes you feel comfortable with the machines, with the clinical setting, so that way when you actually go into the OR, I’m familiar with it.” – Jennifer Salazar.
Dr. Chris Lorentz, an Associate Nursing Professor, has been using virtual reality technology since 2015 on a limited basis, but with the onset of COVID-19, it has been rolled out to students, and the technology has been used regularly.
“My students from last semester, because of COVID, had never been in the hospital, so their first exposure to a medication room… was through VR.” – Dr. Chris Lorentz.
“We’re still in the midst of the pandemic. We don’t know what will happen and there’s always a need for training in different modalities. It’s a wide-open field for us to explore, it’s something that AdventHealth University and AdventHealth, in general, are definitely pushing forward in the future.” – Dr. Lorentz.
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