The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing has recently expanded its simulation labs. Simulation labs are an important component to becoming a nurse, and virtual reality is now becoming an important part of simulation programs.

Baylor’s Dr. Kelly Rossler is leading the School of Nursing’s next generation of simulation research — virtual reality. Dr. Rossler recently completed testing the effectiveness of a low-cost virtual reality system that allows nurses to realistically work with patients and equipment in a virtual environment. She is currently conducting a study to compare simulation teaching modalities to transition newly licensed nurses into practice.

The simulation lab space recently grew from from 2,500 square feet to over 5,000 square feet. The school expanded the skills lab and is designing new high-fidelity simulation spaces including a birthing suite, operating room, and home health setting.

Dr. Rossler tells, “We are hoping to find and as we are seeing as we look at new nurses, is they are able to communicate as team members, they have confidence in a clinical setting to be a member of that new team that they’ve entered into.”

Simulations are especially important for helping students train in high-risk, low frequency events where instructors can replicate any health event and all students can have the same experiences. To learn more about Baylor Nursing’s new simulation lab offerings, including virtual reality, visit here.

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