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International Journal of Healthcare Simulation
True distance learning – an evaluation of a virtual simulated placement (VSP) for Indonesian nursing students

https://doi.org/10.54531/ILMV1269, Volume: 2, Issue: Supplement 1, Pages: A39-A40
Article Type: Editorial, Article History

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    VSP uses browser-based virtual environments to simulate life-like and challenging clinical scenarios. They are an innovative and creative way to develop proficiency capabilities of healthcare professionals as an adjunct to their studies and practice placement. Evidence suggests that a simulated environment can better equip nursing and allied health professional students for practice [1–3]. The concept of VSP may have been brought forward by the COVID-19 pandemic but was inevitable with the increasing access to technology-enhanced learning and the emerging evidence of its benefit.


    This VSP was a collaboration between UK simulationists and Indonesian academics with a two-month deadline. Work was completed online using videoconferencing and translation services, the evaluation (with ethical approval) was completed using a JISC online survey in March 2022. The Indonesia VSP consists of four patient scenarios, one scenario from each of the fields of children and young people, adult, mental health and learning disability nursing and is set within the emergency department and is aimed at learners in their final year of a nursing programme in Indonesia. The Indonesia VSP scenarios were designed in line with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) proficiencies and the Indonesian equivalents and were designed based on clinical scenarios that are not commonly seen in clinical practice or may be particularly challenging to enhance learners’ skills and build their confidence with managing such situations. The VSP was designed for 10 hours of learning and was made available to adult nursing students from 37 Poltekkes across the Indonesian continent.


    The VSP project was delivered on time with the evaluation from the pilot group being overwhelmingly positive with 82% of respondents being satisfied with the quality of VSP (response rate of 30% n=51/171) The key themes identified were: ‘real-life patient scenarios based on holistic and patient-centered care’ and the VSP enabling learners to use ‘critical thinking skills and relate the content to previous knowledge’ gained on their course so far.


    VSP is a meaningful way of enhancing exposure to experiences that are not guaranteed for all learners leading to greater equity of experience. The reflective and blended nature of the VSP leads to a better understanding of difficult topics. The VSP platform enables knowledge transfer that allows our team to take our in-house digital innovations to a global platform to support the training of the future nursing workforce of Indonesia.


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    3. Mills BW, Carter OB, Rudd CJ, Ross NP, Claxton LA. 2015. Clinical placement before or after simulated learning environments? A naturalistic study of clinical skills acquisition among early-stage paramedicine students. Simul Healthc. 2015;10(5):263–269.