Evaluation of vSIM for Nursing™: A Trial of Innovation

Cynthia L. Foronda, Sandra M. Swoboda, Krysia Warren Hudson, Emily Jones, Nancy Sullivan, Jessica Ockimey, Pamela Jeffries

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Background: Virtual simulation is an emerging technology that has been suggested as an effective pedagogical approach to teaching various skills in nursing education. The purpose of this study was to report students' experience with vSim for Nursing™. Method: This study used a descriptive, mixed-methods design with 54 accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. Students performed in scenarios with a patient who had pneumonia and developed anaphylaxis and a patient who developed cardiac arrest requiring defibrillation. Students were surveyed regarding their satisfaction with the experience. Results: Most students reported that the product was easy to use (20% strongly agree, 78% agree). Nearly, all students recommended the virtual simulation for future use (98%). Several students indicated frustration with real-time features such as handwashing and the inability to multitask. Conclusions: Most students suggested that the virtual simulation was a positive experience. However, this innovative pedagogy warrants more stringent investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-131
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Education
  • Gaming
  • Medical-surgical
  • Nursing
  • Pedagogy
  • VSim for nursing
  • Virtual reality
  • Virtual simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Education
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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