Nursing Educators Blog

Articles published in 2021

Examining the Use of Virtual Simulation to Improve Diagnostic Reasoning

by David E. Schultze, EdD, MSN, RN, CNRN, Executive Director of Nursing Simulation | September 15, 2021

In the recent peer-reviewed published study, "Use of a structured approach and virtual simulation practice to improve diagnostic reasoning" Dekhtyar et al. (2021) supported virtual simulation to improve critical thinking and clinical reasoning while decreasing diagnostic errors in medicine.

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How to Bring More Clinical Experiences to the Classroom

by Christi Doherty, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE, CHSE, CDP, Director, Nursing Research | September 9, 2021

Telehealth and new technologies are advancing the healthcare profession. Nursing education must meet the rapidly growing and evolving needs to train student nurses about these technologies—the solution – clinical in the classroom.

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Tips for Preparing Grad Nursing Students for Clinical Placements

by Anita Roy Desai MD, FAAP, Executive Director of Patient Simulation, i-Human Patients | August 31, 2021

How can graduate nursing students gain crucial skills and experience as they are preparing for and actively participating in clinical placements?  One solution is to use virtual simulation for clinical practice.

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Best Practices for Integrating Virtual Simulation into Nursing Curriculum

by Christi Doherty, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE, CHSE, CDP, Director, Nursing Research | August 10, 2021

Virtual simulation is a significant part of the nursing curriculum today and is a valuable educational tool. The interactive, immersive experiences in virtual simulations, like i-Human Patients by Kaplan, support the acquisition of clinical skills, developing clinical judgment, and strengthening decision-making abilities.

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Preparing Students for Nursing Care in the Technological Healthcare Environment

by Christi Doherty, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE, CHSE, CDP, Director, Nursing Research | July 13, 2021

As educators, we must teach nursing students about technology at the bedside and engage the students with technology in the classroom to prepare them for the responsibilities of the nursing workforce.

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5 Ways to Boost Clinical Judgment Skills in Nursing Education

by Shannon Meijer DNP, RN, Nurse Educator Consultant | June 18, 2021
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Clinical judgment is the foundation of an effective career in nursing. Read on to learn more about how to improve clinical judgment skills in nursing education.

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Virtual Patient Simulation Is The Future of Grad Nursing Education

by Elaine Kauschinger, Ph.D., MSN, APRN, FNP-BC | May 14, 2021

VPS aids the students in transitioning into the role of a Nurse Practitioner. Using this virtual world experience, students can appreciate and work towards the advanced nursing competencies that they will be using in their professional careers. They do this within a safe learning environment.

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The Game Changing Potential of Virtual Patient Simulation for Grad Nursing Educators

by Elaine Kauschinger, Ph.D., MSN, APRN, FNP-BC | April 14, 2021

Unlike reading assignments or listening to narrated lectures, virtual patient simulation provides for students to actively participate in the NP role. Cases are developed from real patients by expert clinicians. The evolving case compels students into the decision-making process of a clinician.

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Technological Advances Change the Way We Learn, Master, and Retain Information

by Dr. Judy Kalinyak, VP and Director of Clinical Simulation | March 24, 2021

One important aspect of embracing technology as clinical educators is that the immediate grading/presentation of each decision the student makes gives us a window into their thought process, thereby allowing us to better understand where we can provide guidance.

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Virtual Simulation Success Stories: An interview with Jenna Reyes MSN/Ed, RN, PHN, CHSE

by Jenna Reyes MSN/Ed, RN, PHN, CHSE , Assistant Professor/ Simulation Coordinator, School of Nursing, Azusa Pacific University | February 2, 2021

Initially virtual simulation offered a replacement to missed clinical times due to the COVID-19 crisis, but after the first few months, it became clear that VS is an excellent learning format that works as a long-term solution.

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Reflecting on 2020 as We Thrive into 2021

by Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Kaplan Nursing | January 19, 2021

As we step into 2021, it’s important to look back at the past year to not only learn from the challenges of 2020, but also to be grateful for the opportunity to teach our students valuable lessons about resilience, adaptability, and collaboration.

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Reflections on a Pandemic and Choosing the Path Forward

by Dr. Judy Kalinyak, VP and Director of Clinical Simulation | January 12, 2021

The COVID-19 virus with its global and personal disruptions taught us to be flexible in a changing world, and highlighted with greater clarity that medicine is perpetually changing.

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