Report on funding from the savings bank cooperation

26.10.2021

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School of Nursing of the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences receives Sparkasse funding - Nursing vSim for B.Sc. Nursing students

With its onset in spring 2020, the Corona pandemic has had a massive impact on students. Teaching was forced to switch from face-to-face to online courses within a very short period of time, and the specialised practical lessons in the skills and simulation labs, which contribute significantly to the development of nursing skills and abilities, could also not take place face-to-face. This led to an enormous gap in the preparation of students for the practical phases in the nursing professional field, which are compulsory from the beginning of the study programme. Therefore, the question has been raised whether digital teaching possibilities are available that can contribute to the development of professional and methodological competences of nursing students, and if so, which ones? One such possibility is the virtual learning programme "vSim", which was developed in 2014 by the National League for Nursing (NLN) together with Laerdal Medical and Wolters Kluwer Health in the USA. It is a virtual tool called "vSim" in which real nursing scenarios are simulated virtually, thus offering students the opportunity to develop their clinical decision-making and action skills independently of and in addition to the courses (NLN 2020). In the USA, simulation-based learning in the nursing professions is significantly promoted by the NLN and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). There is currently no comparable learning format in German-speaking countries.

With funds from the Sparkasse bank, licences for the use of two vSim series were acquired in the course of the 2020/2021 winter semester: vSim for Nursing - Fundamentals and vSim for Nursing - Medical-Surgical.

The learning programmes were made available via the university's learning platform. Both series contain scenarios on nursing-related topics that are relevant for all students from the beginning of their studies. The students were introduced to the modalities of vSim and numerous scenarios were integrated into the teaching and used by the students in the modules P01 "Health Assessment" and P04 "Clinical Assessments and Principles of Nursing Action" in the first semester of study and subsequently in module P05 "Nursing in Internal Medicine" in the second semester of study.

The particular advantage of this programme is that students can access the scenarios at any time and repeat them until they feel confident in their actions. After each performance, they receive a detailed protocol and an evaluation of their actions so that they can independently check their performance, recognise their strengths and consolidate them in further exercises of the same scenarios.

At the end of the second semester in July 2021, an evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of virtual simulations took place. The following results were compiled in a group discussion with the students. The accessibility of the learning programmes via the university's own learning platform was rated as very good. The ease of use of the programme was however only rated as good and instruction by the lecturers was considered absolutely necessary. The scenarios were very well suited to the teaching content of the modules and it was rated as particularly good that the topic-related scenarios were directly integrated into the course and were discussed together after implementation. The explanations provided by the lecturers were rated as very helpful for understanding the requirements within the individual scenarios of care situations.

The students found it helpful that they could access the programmes at any time, as there was more free time during the weekend, for example, than during the course days during the week. The fact that the scenarios could be repeated as often as desired and that the learning process was very visible due to the detailed feedback was also rated very well.

The independent execution of the nursing scenarios offered a very impressive overview of the density of nursing actions. The students were thus able to experience complete actions, which enabled them to prepare very well for the simulations in the skills lab during the courses and for the practical examination at the end of the second semester.

The fact that the learning programmes are currently only available in English was not perceived as problematic. On the contrary, since the degree is an internationally recognised qualification and literature in English is used in the course, the two learning programmes offered another opportunity for practice.

Frustratingly, students experienced poor performance results after completing individual scenarios. Especially at the beginning of their studies, this can lead to strong uncertainty, which is why the students expressed the wish that the strengths should be emphasised more clearly. They would also welcome a further development of the learning programmes according to the competence levels of first-year students compared to advanced students.

Based on the student evaluation, the decision was made to apply for the licences for another semester. The department is therefore extremely grateful for the financial support from Sparkasse Fulda.

Kontakt & Team

Christine Loewenhardt

Placement Officer in Nursing

Gebäude 31 , Raum 104
Christine Loewenhardt+49 661 9640-628
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Daniela Herchet

Laboratory Engineer

Gebäude 25 , Raum 004
Daniela Herchet+49 661 9640-645
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Victoria Kreiss

Laboratory Engineer in Nursing; Lecturer in Nursing

Gebäude 25 , Raum 004
Victoria Kreiss+49 661 9640-6071
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Anna Christine Steinacker

Teacher for special tasks

Gebäude 25 , Raum 004
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