Nursing Students' Perceptions and Experiences of Using Virtual Simulation During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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2021-11

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Abstract

Background

This study aimed to understand prelicensure nursing students' perceptions and experiences of using virtual simulation as an alternative to clinical practice during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in South Korea.

Methods

A total of 20 students from a 4-year baccalaureate nursing program participated in this descriptive qualitative study. Six focus group interviews using Zoom video communications were conducted with three to four participants to understand their experiences. Data were analyzed using an inductive content analysis approach.

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The following three major themes emerged: (a) difficulties encountered in using virtual simulation, (b) benefits to student confidence and competence to provide patient-centered care, and (c) gaps in satisfaction due to needed improvements.

Conclusions

Virtual simulation could be beneficial for improving prelicensure nursing students' confidence and competence; however, improvements to virtual simulation realism and engagement are needed to maximize user satisfaction and performance.

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10.1016/j.ecns.2021.06.010

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Kim, Mi Jong, Hee Sun Kang and Jennie C De Gagne (2021). Nursing Students' Perceptions and Experiences of Using Virtual Simulation During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Clinical simulation in nursing, 60. pp. 11–17. 10.1016/j.ecns.2021.06.010 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/26993.

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