Virtual Reality: Impact on Learner Outcomes and Skill Performance in Nursing Students and Potential Use in COVID-19
Abstract: Nurse Educators are preparing to face the upcoming challenges of educating the next nursing workforce. In the presence of a nursing faculty shortage, decreasing accesses to student clinical site placements, and the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual reality learning experiences are gaining attention as possible substitutions to clinical experiences. The focus of this literature review is to explore 1) student learning outcomes in differing virtual reality learning experiences and 2) VR effect on skills competency. Nursing education is evolving to meet the current educational needs of the technologically experienced student population and evolving needs of the community, workplace, and hospital settings including the needs brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic.