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An Innovative Approach to Nursing Education in a Pandemic (E) (HE.8)

Track: Hacking Education

The COVID-19 pandemic mandated change in the delivery of education in our remote school of nursing. Clinical practice sites could no longer accommodate the same number of students and community practice options were suspended. In an effort to provide quality practice opportunities for students, our BSN program piloted a virtual simulation experience in the fall semester. Two to three students from each clinical group attended this weekly online experience. Over the two to three days, students engaged in learning related to content the program was unable to deliver in the spring due to the pandemic, or consolidation of concepts being learned in the other fall semester courses.
A variety of pedagogical approaches including discussion posts, small group synchronous discussions, virtual simulation games, virtual synchronous and asynchronous simulations, concept mapping, care plans and other relevant assignments, were used to help students meet the learning outcomes. Students positively evaluated this experience and learning was translated into practice and other course experiences.
Many lessons were learned throughout this pilot, including the importance of faculty development in simulation, workload and connectivity concerns for students, student perceptions of pre-briefing and its

Session Speakers

Kerry Lynn Durnford

Senior Instructor, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Faculty

Aurora College

Natasha Bursey

Senior Instructor, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Aurora College

Sheila Cruz

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Faculty

Aurora College

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