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The Charles Darwin University vHospital®: Creating an Authentic Virtual Learning Environment for Undergraduate Nursing Students

The Charles Darwin University vHospital®: Creating an Authentic Virtual Learning Environment for Undergraduate Nursing Students
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Author(s): Gylo (Julie) Hercelinskyj (Gylo (Julie) HercelinskyjCharles Darwin University, Australia) and Beryl McEwan (Charles Darwin University, Australia)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 23
Source title: Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mike Keppell (Charles Sturt University, Australia), Kay Souter (LaTrobe University, Australia) and Matthew Riddle (LaTrobe University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-114-0.ch014

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Abstract

This chapter presents an overview of an innovative teaching approach in an undergraduate nursing degree at Charles Darwin University (CDU). The authors describe the development and initial integration into the first year clinical nursing subject of a virtual learning space using a case-based approach to address some of the issues associated with an externalised Bachelor of Nursing program. In addition, the use of the CDU vHospital® in supporting early role socialisation into nursing and professional identity of first year nursing students will be explored. The findings and outcomes of formal and informal evaluations of the resource are also presented. Lastly, the authors identify recommendations for future development and areas for potential future research.

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