Developing virtual simulation games for presimulation preparation: A user-friendly approach for nurse educators

Jane Tyerman, Marian Luctkar-Flude, Lillian Chumbley, Michelle Lalonde, Laurie Peachey, Tammie McParland, Deborah Tregunno


Objective: Engaging presimulation activities are needed to better prepare undergraduate nursing students to participate in clinical simulations.

Methods: Design: We created a series of virtual simulation games (VSGs) to enhance presimulation preparation. This involved creating learning outcomes, assessment rubrics, decision point maps with rationale, and filming scripts. Setting: This was a multi-site project involving four universities across Ontario, Canada. Participants: Games were to be embedded within undergraduate nursing courses and used as presimulation preparation before participating in a traditional live simulation.  Four existing bilingual peer-reviewed simulation scenarios were transformed into VSGs to be used for presimulation preparation. The team selected critical decision-points from each scenario to form the basis of each VSG, created filming scripts, and filmed and assembled video clips.

Results: Our project generated four bilingual presimulation preparation VSGs with a user-friendly, low-cost VSG design process.

Conclusions: We have demonstrated that nurse educators can easily create contextually relevant VSGs addressing program gaps.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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