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experience is unique and designed to utilize clinical partnerships to give access to diverse environments that meet the curricular requirements while allowing students to embrace learning and enhance their knowledge.

Game-based simulation is another platform that allows students to engage directly with course material to help strengthen their foundational knowledge and prepare them to meet increasingly complex healthcare needs.

“Historically, instruction was focused on students memorizing lists of acute nursing terms and concepts,” Dr. Cowling said. “However, educational gaming helps cultivate intellectual curiosity and empowers today’s students to ask questions, make mistakes and challenge what they’re learning.”

rare illnesses and other infectious diseases right from their computer through Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) – interactive virtual worlds created by nursing faculty and students. In VLEs, students from all over the country can collaborate on scenarios that mimic trending health issues, learn disaster preparedness skills and treat conditions not usually seen in the United States.

During the recent Ebola outbreak, Chamberlain students built a Virtual Ebola Treatment Center within the VLEs to test potential responses to the outbreak in the United States. Students collaborated with mentors around the country to determine which infrastructures and clinical processes – such as clinical dressing locations for hospital staff – were most effective at disease containment.

In addition to practicing global health scenarios through VLEs, students benefit from the valuable experience of education that takes place in foreign destinations. As the U.S. population diversifies, healthcare professionals must treat patient needs with cultural sensitivity.

Research shows that simulated learning experiences improve patient outcomes

Currently, two games are integrated into the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree curriculum at Chamberlain – Conquering Calculations and Pharma College. Through these games, students may develop a greater understanding between a side effect and an adverse reaction and gain experience in evaluating vital signs both before and after medication administration. By teaching tomorrow’s nurses how to safely administer medication to their patients, they can help reduce medical errors and improve patient outcomes.

Since ELOs can be customizable to nearly any scenario, nursing students can learn to care for diverse populations and practice global health scenarios including epidemics,

Students who participate in Chamberlain’s Global Health Education Program travel to countries such as India, Brazil and Haiti and get hands-on experience in caring for diverse populations as they discover the role nurses play in transforming healthcare delivery at a global level. The platform’s ultimate goal is to encourage cultural sensitivity and understanding between nurses and patients by educating students about the nuances of community and multicultural care while impacting community health.

Through experiential learning, a diverse and enriching set of experiential learning opportunities live both inside and outside the classroom. The use of clinical experiences, simulation centers, game-based simulation, online virtual learning environments and global health education experiences, nurse educators can push education further than ever before, teaching tomorrow’s nurses and equipping them with a set of skills needed for improving healthcare outcomes on a global scale.

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