Virtual Simulations: Cultivating Self-Efficacy among Undergraduate Students to Manage Obstetric Emergencies in Nursing
Nisha Nair, DNP, WHNP-BC, CNE

Quality clinical education is a core requirement in the nursing curriculum. Pre-licensure nursing students rarely have opportunities to manage obstetric emergencies in nursing even though lack of this exposure to situations may lead to poor patient outcomes. This paper explores integrating virtual simulation into an existing curriculum to manage obstetric emergencies in nursing and offer ways to develop and enhance current teaching strategies. The study also reported the preference and perceived learning outcomes of undergraduate students who engaged in a virtual simulation experience. Results from the survey and student evaluation indicated that students had an overall positive experience. The virtual simulation sessions provided a flexible, engaging experience to develop critical thinking skills and were evaluated as highly satisfactory and easy to navigate. A more massive, multisite repetition of the study would be helpful. Surveying various programs, including graduate studies and RN to BSN programs, might yield different results.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v9n3a4