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A forum for discussion on recent news and developments in healthcare and the NP field.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Drexel University NP students use virtual patients to hone skills



Students at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions are using the i-Human Patients Case Player, which simulates a complete medical patient encounter with animated avatars, human physiology and pathophysiology, virtual histopathology, and 3D anatomy to help improve patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills. The patient simulator provides practical clinical experience to students prior to training with actual patients.

With over 500 cases to choose from (varying in difficulty from learner to master diagnostician), students can ask their virtual patient questions, order tests, and assess breathing and cough—all of which can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere using a web browser (no apps or downloads necessary). The i-Human Patients Case Player is a supplemental learning tool to medical simulation mannequins, allowing students and skilled professionals to hone their cognitive/diagnostic skills.

Kevin Nusspickel, a student in the Nurse Practitioner program at Drexel University, believes that using the software has already improved his skills. "I've become more systematic in my approach, and I definitely feel more thorough," he states. Other students have said that the software has helped them learn how to ask the proper questions in order to get useful information from patients.

The i-Human Patients Case Player is a product of i-Human Patients, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA and is used by several other nursing schools. Click here for a video tutorial on the software.