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Virtual Experience of Perioperative Patients: Walking in the Patients’ Shoes Using Virtual Reality and Blended Learning

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Nursing Department, College of Nursing, Sahmyook University, Seoul 01795, Korea
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VR Healthcare Content Lab, Sahmyook University, Seoul 01795, Korea
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Nursing Department, Sahmyook Medical Center, Seoul 02500, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6457; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126457
Received: 2 May 2021 / Revised: 10 June 2021 / Accepted: 12 June 2021 / Published: 15 June 2021
PURPOSE: This study examined the significance, nature, and structure of the virtual experience of perioperative patients as undergone by nursing students during their practical training through VR and blended learning. METHODS: Data were collected through a focus group interview (FGI) of 21 nursing student participants from November 2019 to December 2019 and analyzed through Colaizzi’s phenomenological method. RESULTS: Seven theme clusters were organized that described nursing students’ experiences. They are “placed in a passive position,” “facing the limits of communication,” “thinking of developing and improving competency as a nurse,” “recognizing the importance of interacting with their patients”, “learning vividly through experience”, “engaging in a new type of participatory learning”, and “designing nursing knowledge.” CONCLUSION: Patient-centered care can be achieved in the nursing school curriculum through “patient experiences.” Additionally, the feedback from research participants who have “become keenly aware of the need for patient experiences” shows that empathizing with the “patient experience” is an essential quality to acquire by prospective medical professionals before they are introduced to the nursing field. We suggest future studies that expand on nursing students’ patient experience in various teaching methods and curriculums. View Full-Text
Keywords: perioperative nursing; virtual reality; learning; nursing student; qualitative research perioperative nursing; virtual reality; learning; nursing student; qualitative research
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Kim, H.-Y.; Lee, J.-H.; Lee, E.-H. Virtual Experience of Perioperative Patients: Walking in the Patients’ Shoes Using Virtual Reality and Blended Learning. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6457. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126457

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Kim H-Y, Lee J-H, Lee E-H. Virtual Experience of Perioperative Patients: Walking in the Patients’ Shoes Using Virtual Reality and Blended Learning. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6457. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126457

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Kim, Hyeon-Young, Ji-Hye Lee, and Eun-Hye Lee. 2021. "Virtual Experience of Perioperative Patients: Walking in the Patients’ Shoes Using Virtual Reality and Blended Learning" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 12: 6457. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126457

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