Johns Hopkins School of Nursing uses today the immersive solution developed by Oxford Medical Simulation to train nurses to be prepared for difficult situations. Theses tools wasn’t use alone but with other methods like manikins, live actors and clinical visits with hospital patients. This program was boosted by the pandemic situation, as students weren’t allowed to meet teachers or patients. But now, with one year of results, it’s clearly a mandatory tool of the school.
The operative word in Brown’s title is “simulation.” Sarah, it turns out, was not a real patient. She’s an avatar in a virtual reality scenario, one of several used for training by both pre-licensure and advanced practice students at the school. “We rolled out the virtual simulation platform over the summer, during COVID, and were able to train about 400 students in a short time frame,” Brown says.