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Virtual Reality and the Traditional Method for Phlebotomy Training Among College of Nursing Students in Kuwait: Implications for Nursing Education and Practice

Vidal, Victoria L. MA; Ohaeri, Beatrice M. PhD; John, Pamela MS; Helen, Delles BS

Journal of Infusion Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NAN.0b013e318243172f
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Abstract

This quasi-experimental study, with a control group and experimental group, compares the effectiveness of virtual reality simulators on developing phlebotomy skills of nursing students with the effectiveness of traditional methods of teaching. Performance of actual phlebotomy on a live client was assessed after training, using a standardized form. Findings showed that students who were exposed to the virtual reality simulator performed better in the following performance metrics: pain factor, hematoma formation, and number of reinsertions. This study confirms that the use of the virtual reality-based system to supplement the traditional method may be the optimal program for training.

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College of Nursing, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait.

Victoria L. Vidal, MA, is currently affiliated with the College of Nursing, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, in Kuwait. Ms Vidal has consistently been part of the team teaching virtual reality since it was pioneered in the college in 2004. Her research interests are health promotion and learning assessment.

Beatrice M. Ohaeri, PhD, is currently affiliated with the College of Nursing, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, in Kuwait; she was part of the pioneer team teaching virtual reality in the college from 2004 to 2008. Her research interests include medical-surgical, psycho-oncology, and nursing education.

Pamela John, MS, is currently affiliated with the College of Nursing, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, in Kuwait. Her areas of interest are infection control in infusion therapy, cardiovascular thoracic nursing, and sociology.

Delles Helen, BS, is currently affiliated with the College of Nursing, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, in Kuwait. Her areas of interest are the fundamentals of nursing.

Corresponding Author: Victoria L. Vidal, MA, College of Nursing, Shuwaikh, Kuwait, P.O. Box 23167 Safat, 13092 Kuwait (vlvidal_1010@hotmail.com).

The authors of this article have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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