The numbers of people living with dementia
are overwhelming. Dementia
education is important to prepare nursing students
to care for this population.
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a virtual dementia
experience on nursing students
' attitudes and empathy for people with dementia
knowledge, and self-confidence
The design was a 2-group, pretest-posttest using a convenience sample of undergraduate nursing students
(n = 112). The intervention group (n = 56) participated in a virtual dementia
Both groups experienced improved attitudes toward people with dementia
, increased dementia
knowledge, improved self-confidence
care, and improved empathy (Perspective Taking). However, the virtual dementia
experience did not lead to improved outcomes compared to the standard teaching approaches.
-specific education had a significant influence on students' attitudes, knowledge, self-confidence
, and empathy, whereas the type of education did not impact outcomes.