The Use of Augmented Reality to Increase Efficiency in Preparing Undergraduate Nursing Students for New Clinical Settings

ID: 51291 Type: Roundtable
  1. Sarah Ball, Mark Panning, Jacque Miller, Anne Schoening, Dana Koziol, Cindy Selig, Kandis McCafferty, Christina Murcek, Ethan Fukuda, and Emily Koster, Creighton University, United States

Thursday, June 22 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Edison D View on map

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Abstract: Nursing faculty faces many challenges in preparing today's digitally native students for new clinical settings. The use of Augmented Reality(AR) may offer a solution to overcome these challenges. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the efficiency of using AR 360 photospheres to orient undergraduate nursing students to new clinical settings.360 photospheres of an obstetric unit were created by the faculty. A non-randomized experimental pilot design was utilized to evaluate the efficiency of using AR 360 photospheres.The results from the two groups were compared. Post surveys from students and faculty were positive regarding satisfaction, efficiency, and time spent in orientation. The ability for students to view and virtually tour clinical settings multiple times through an on-demand process was reported as a helpful and efficient method of preparing students for new clinical settings. Time and efficiency gains were noted by students and faculty members through the use of AR.


Objectives: Identify the use of Augmented Reality in the learning environment Recognize the efficiency of using Augmented Reality in the learning environment Understand the effect of Augmented Reality on student’s learning satisfaction.

Topical Outline

Topical Outline for Presentation: Background o Challenges for higher education of learning and with the digital native learners. o a literature review of Augmented Reality Purpose o To innovatively use the technology of Augmented Reality and create 360 photospheres for student orientation. o To evaluate the efficacy of AR 360 photosphere’s to meet the learning needs of students and the challenges faced by educators. AR 360 Photosphere Creation o Describe the creation of the AR 36o photosphere’s giving a visual presentation of the completed interactive photosphere used for the study.  Will point out how highlighted important area’s of information by tagging items that students can interactively click on to open view as if in the actually setting Sample-Discuss the 86 Junior level students Method- non-randomized experimental design Results- o Faculty and Student Survey results o Documented travel time, o Documented usage in time accessed and duration. Discussion o What learned from the results o Future research implications o Future technology implications

Experience Level



Sarah Ball is an Assistant Professor at Creighton University College of Nursing. As the chair of the College of Nursing’s Technology Committee and a member of the University’s Committee on Computing and Academic Technology, she is driven to bring innovative technological learning into the traditional classroom and the e-Learning environment. She is currently working on her dissertation thesis with the emphasis on the effects Augmented Reality has on pre-licensure nursing students anxiety level as they enter a new clinical environment. Mark Panning is a Senior Innovation Analyst at Creighton University. Technological innovation at Creighton is grounded in strategic planning, supporting the universities MARIO strategic plan. Using technologies to create, foster and grow a culture of innovation throughout the Creighton community. His focus is to support the process of regular IT innovation, developing an in-house intellectual property, collaborative research and technologies that deliver measurable process improvements. In addition, supporting the growth of Creighton's first central, shared, and federated high-performance computing system supporting scholarly research.


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