See It, Hear It, Feel It: Virtual Reality Immersive Learning

See It, Hear It, Feel It: Virtual Reality Immersive Learning

Virtual reality (VR) is a high-impact emerging learning experience that is rapidly growing. To engage nursing students in this type of learning in tandem with curriculum, VR offers a unique approach for immersive learning. Participants will be provided an overview of the various types of virtual reality (augmented, immersive, and mixed) and introduced to examples for use in nursing education. Data from a pilot study on the use of immersive VR conducted in an undergraduate nursing program will be presented. (The findings from two different cohorts of students revealed an impact in greater understanding, empathy, and confidence level.) Integration considerations and challenges, along with strategies for securing support, will be discussed when exploring potential use of VR in nursing education.

Session Objectives
Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe types of virtual reality, providing examples of current use in nursing education
  • Review findings of student response to immersive reality experiences in undergraduate nursing education
  • Identify strategies and challenges with the integration of virtual reality experiences.

Colleen Nevins

Colleen Nevins, DNP, RN, CNE, is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing Program at California State University, Channel Islands. She teaches didactic and clinical medical-surgical nursing courses. Previously, Dr. Nevins served as the Simulation Lab Instructor at CSU Channel Islands, overseeing the skills lab and simulations for both the generic and RN-to-BSN tracks. Dr. Nevins has also taught in vocational and other baccalaureate nursing programs. Her practice experience includes ER, home care, ICU, neurology, GYN post–surgery, and 16 years of management. Dr. Nevins obtained her BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; a Master’s in Nursing from UCLA; and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Western University of Health Sciences. Scholarly pursuits include self-care practices and simulated learning of baccalaureate nursing students. Refer to for more information on teaching and scholarship.

Jaime Hannans

Jaime Hannans, PhD, RN, CNE, is an Associate Professor in the Nursing Program at California State University — Channel Islands. She obtained her BSN and MSN from California State University, Chico, and PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Hannans has been teaching nursing clinical, classroom, and lab courses at California State University — Channel Islands since January 2009, with additional experience teaching on-ground and online courses at other Associate and MSN programs. With more than 18 years critical care and float-pool clinical experience, Dr. Hannans has been recently teaching medical-surgical, gerontological, and critical-care content in online, blended, and on-ground courses. Her research interests are most recently focused on immersive virtual-reality experiences, reflective learning, simulation, and the use of technology and open educational resources in higher education. Refer to for additional information.