Ohio State nurses and engineers joining forces to ‘disrupt’ nursing education

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In the real world of nursing, making fast judgements and critical thinking are central to the role, especially during high-stakes situations.

But a challenge persists when it comes to educating nursing students: Nursing curriculums rarely incorporate competency-based assessments or allow students to gain critical, real-world experience, including performing certain procedures, administering medicines or working night shifts.

The solution to this challenge may come from technology.

In a new collaboration between The Ohio State University Colleges of Nursing and Engineering, teams are pursuing the use of extended reality (XR), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to revolutionize the way nurses are educated. The work is funded by a new grant from the American Nurses Foundation’s (The Foundation) Reimagining Nursing Initiative.

The goal of the work is to deploy technology-enabled learning tools across the core nursing curriculum at Ohio State, allowing students the opportunity to have virtual experiences tailored to their learning needs and practice increasingly higher skills in a low-stakes, virtual environment.

Learn how cutting-edge technology can better prepare nursing graduates.

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