Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 8, No. 1 (2011)

Immersive virtual reality: potential use in an undergraduate nursing & midwifery programmes in Scotland.

Stephen McGhee, University of Stirling
P.J. Bradley, University of Stirling
A.G. McComish, University of Stirling


This article explores some of the tensions involved in introducing simulated learning in to pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes in one Scottish University. While these tensions may be unique to the United Kingdom it may be useful highlighting them to an international audience. The suggestion being made is that the concept/construct of simulation has been extended from a traditional orientation to incorporate virtual reality learning in general and Immersive Virtual Reality in particular. The authors tentatively promote this development and actively suggest that so doing improves the student learning experience shifts the balance of education from passive to active learning and ensures safety of the general public in clinical settings. The authors are keen to explore and develop uses for virtual reality learning in pre - registration nursing and midwifery curricula, whilst cautioning that student skill development involves a careful balance of mastering technical skills and developing human relationships in their application. The challenge for nurse and midwifery educators is to ensure that essential skills development is contextualized within the health and well-being continuum.

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