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Virtually Nursing: Emerging Technologies in Nursing Education

Foronda, Cynthia L. PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF; Alfes, Celeste M. DNP, RN; Dev, Parvati PhD; Kleinheksel, A.J. PhD; Nelson, Douglas A. Jr BSE, BS; O'Donnell, John M. DRPH, RN, CRNA; Samosky, Joseph T. PhD

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000295
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Augmented reality and virtual simulation technologies in nursing education are burgeoning. Preliminary evidence suggests that these innovative pedagogical approaches are effective. The aim of this article is to present 6 newly emerged products and systems that may improve nursing education. Technologies may present opportunities to improve teaching efforts, better engage students, and transform nursing education.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Foronda), Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland; Associate Professor (Dr Alfes), Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; President (Dr Dev), Innovation in Learning, Inc, Los Altos Hills, California; Director of Instructional Design (Dr Kleinheksel), Shadow Health, Gainesville, Florida; and Doctoral Student, Simulation & Medical Technology Research and Development Center (Mr Nelson), Professor, School of Nursing (Dr O'Donnell), and Assistant Professor, Swanson School of Engineering (Dr Samosky), University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

vSim for Nursing was co-developed by Laerdal Medical and Wolters Kluwer Health and based on simulation scenarios written by the National League for Nursing. Cynthia Foronda is a paid consultant for Wolters Kluwer Health. She has served as a member of the CliniSpace Advisory Board. These arrangements have been reviewed and approved by the Johns Hopkins University in accordance with its conflict of interest policies. The high-fidelity flight simulator described in this article was developed and funded by Jerry Gregoire of Redbird Flight Simulations and Joe Brown of Hartzell Propeller. Celeste M. Alfes acknowledges Dr Christopher Manacci as founder of the Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing and the individual responsible for conceptualizing and co-directing the project. Dr Alfes does not have any financial disclosures or conflict of interest to report. Parvati Dev is co-founder and President of Innovation in Learning, Inc, developer of CliniSpace. A.J. Kleinheksel is the Director of Instructional Design for Shadow Health. The other authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Foronda, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Room 414, 525 North Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205-2110 (

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Accepted for publication: May 30, 2016

Published ahead of print: July 21, 2016

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