Virtual Reality Enhances Ohio University School of Nursing Education

Virtual Reality Enhances Ohio University School of Nursing Education

The Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions’ School of Nursing is putting virtual reality to use in the classroom. Assistant professor Sherleena Buchman helped create a Narcan simulation during the 2018 spring semester. Since then, the initial video simulation has been transformed into a virtual reality simulation.

A 360-degree video was made from cameras surrounding the Narcan simulation, which features two college students discovering a friend experiencing an opioid overdose. Throughout the scene, the students call 911 and work together to help their friend by administering Narcan.

“Using virtual reality goggles, the person can turn around and see everything. It’s really amazing,” Buchman shared with the CHSP Newsroom. “When you look down, you can see them going through the bag looking for Narcan. If you hear a noise, you can turn your head to look in that direction to see what’s going on. It’s just like you were physically in the room.”

Buchman believes that as the simulation becomes more realistic, the students will learn even more than they could in a traditional nursing education setting. Currently, this simulation is only available in the university’s GRID Lab, but Buchman is working to have the simulation eventually available on all smartphones. The simulation will help students learn not only about Narcan and how to administer it, but how to view and think about addiction without a stigma.

“It leaves you with a feeling of ‘Wow, I just watched someone overdose and watched them come back,’” said Buchman. “The reactions viewers gave were interesting and emotional. They showed compassion as we sometimes don’t consider the side of the actual person who overdosed and the feelings of those that found them.”

Currently this simulation is only available for laymen, but Buchman is working on another version specifically for Ohio University’s nursing students that can be used as a teaching tool. She feels excited and grateful about her success with the simulations so far.

“It’s been a pretty amazing journey. I love technology, simulation and education and the students today have grown up with technology in their hands. This is a way we can impact them that’s familiar,” Buchman said. “It’s amazing to think that we can help create something that will help patients and help our community by impacting this generation of students and community members who see this and will be able to carry out these actions on their own.”

New RN to BSN Online Program at University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

New RN to BSN Online Program at University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and UC Health have partnered together to launch a new program for nurses working full-time who want to further their education. The RN to BSN Online Cohort Program will provide free tuition to a select group of UC Health nurses, who will be able to obtain a BSN through the UC College of Nursing over 12 months.

“We’re excited to see our partnership with UC Health get broader and stronger every day,” UC College of Nursing Dean Greer Glazer told the UC Health Media Room. “The UC College of Nursing has a long-standing reputation of educating nurse leaders, and we are honored to have the opportunity to educate a passionate, intelligent group of leaders to continue our legacy within the Academic Health Center.”

To qualify for the free tuition and 12-month program, nurses must be employed at least a year by UC Health and agree to continue working at UC Health for at least two years after completing the program. The UC Health nursing leadership will select students to participate over the next three years.

“Nurse leaders will consider an employee’s dedication to UC Health values, mission statement and vision, the recommendations from management and other nurse leadership, employment history with UC Health, work ethic and previous academic achievement,” UC Health communications consultant Elizabeth Bielman told The News Record.

The program consists of nine courses and allows students to choose between part-time and full-time, to accommodate their working schedules. Students will take three courses each fall, spring, and summer semester to finish their BSN degree within 12 months.

Clarence Pauley, UC Health senior vice president and chief human resources officer, shared with the UC Health Media Room: “This program embodies a critically important component of our tripartite mission of providing education, clinical research and the highest standard of patient care. UC Health strongly believes in investing in advancement and growth opportunities for its nurses, who are integral to the patient journey and to our organization.”

Case Western Reserve University Names Carol Musil Interim Dean of the School of Nursing

Case Western Reserve University Names Carol Musil Interim Dean of the School of Nursing

Carol M. Musil has been named interim dean of the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Musil is taking over for Mary E. Kerr whose term as dean ended in August.

Musil is a CWRU alumna and has been a faculty member for many years. She has also served as chair of the university’s faculty senate in the past. Now, she will serve as interim dean of the school of nursing for the 2018-19 academic year.

CWRU President Barbara R. Snyder tells, “Carol has demonstrated exceptional leadership in multiple roles at the university and Frances Payne Bolton. We deeply appreciate her willingness to contribute her talents and skills yet again to support the school during this time of transition.”

The School of Nursing is expected to begin its search for a new dean in September. In the meantime, the university and nursing faculty are pleased to welcome Musil into the position.

To learn more about Carol Musil and her new role as interim dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing, visit here.

Orbis Education and Xavier University Celebrate Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students

Orbis Education and Xavier University Celebrate Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students

After launching a 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in January 2017 in partnership with Orbis Education, Xavier University recently celebrated the pinning of the first cohort of program graduates.

The ABSN program addresses the current and future nursing shortage in both the state of Ohio and nationwide. Offering college graduates with non-nursing degrees the opportunity to start a nursing career, the program delivers high-quality, clinically intensive nursing education in a short amount of time through online learning, simulation lab practicals, and clinical rotations in the greater Cincinnati area.

Dr. Lisa Long, associate director of nursing, online and hybrid program at Xavier University, tells, “We offer experienced and credentialed faculty and state-of-the-art labs and simulation experiences to our students. We put all of that, as well as an emphasis on Xavier’s Jesuit, Catholic mission of care for the person, into a package that prepares students for a successful transition into nursing.”

The ABSN program was developed in partnership with Orbis Education, a leading provider of pre-licensure healthcare programs for universities. Orbis funded the development of a high-tech learning facility which includes meeting rooms and simulation labs featuring high-fidelity manikins.
To learn more about the partnership between Orbis Education and Xavier University to create an accelerated BSN program, visit here.

Ohio State University College of Nursing Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Ohio State University College of Nursing Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Three health sciences colleges at The Ohio State University (OSU) have recently received national recognition for the quality and effectiveness of their diversity and inclusion initiatives. The colleges of medicine, nursing, and veterinary medicine were all recipients of the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine chose to honor the three colleges for their work.

Holly Mendelson, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visited Ohio State in April to tour the colleges and present the awards. When choosing who should be a recipient of the award, Mendelson tells

“We ask about recruitment, retention, students, faculty, tenure, supplier diversity, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans…We really want to be about everything around diversity and inclusion and we want to hear what you’re doing.”

The College of Nursing was specially recognized for its Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing, which brings students from a variety of backgrounds together to engage with real-world nurses, current students, and nursing faculty and staff. The college exposes prospective students to real-world nursing skills using patient simulators in its Technology Learning Complex.

Having three colleges at the university recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity is a testament to the university’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. To learn more about the awards presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity, visit here.

Kent State University Implements 100% Online RN-to-BSN Program Across All Campuses

Kent State University Implements 100% Online RN-to-BSN Program Across All Campuses

Kent State University has launched a 100% online RN-to-BSN program across all eight of its campuses, making it easier for working nurses to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Kent State’s decision to make their nursing program more accessible and convenient for practicing nurses is driven by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) goal to have 80% of the nursing workforce educated at the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) level by 2020.

The new 100% online RN-to-BSN program is the first of its kind to be fully implemented across all eight Kent State campuses through collaboration of faculty experts at each campus. Students who enroll in the program will receive benefits like decreased tuition, increased course availability, and convenience. Each of the required nursing courses will be offered every seven weeks rather than providing classes in a traditional rotation format, taking on a student-first approach to benefit full-time working nurses who need flexibility to complete school work on their own time.

College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, tells, “We are proud of this project. Not only are we one of the few programs to offer a RN-to-BSN degree online, we are now a leader in this collaborative arrangement with the regional campuses.”

This program is designed for working nurses who hold an associate’s degree or nursing diploma, giving them a pathway to complete their BSN degree without returning to school full time. The curriculum is student and community focused, emphasizing professional knowledge, leadership skills, and compassionate care to develop a strong nursing workforce in Ohio and beyond.

To learn more about Kent State’s new 100% online RN-to-BSN program, visit here.

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