Derby University has become the latest academic institution to install an “immersive suite” for nursing students to hone skills in real-life simulated environment.
The state-of-the-art suite has been launched this week at the university. It is the second higher education institution in the UK, to install the particular system, and the first outside of London.
The suite allows students to experience the atmosphere of an accident and emergency scenario without the risk to patients.
It projects images onto the walls, ceiling and floor, while the noise comes from speakers in the room, imitating the inside of an ambulance, a busy A&E ward or an operating theatre.
In addition to the new immersive suite, the university is currently refurbishing its diagnostic Imaging suite as part of its drive to create real world facilities for students.
David Foreman, senior lecturer in nursing at Derby, said: “Environments which might be challenging for students in any context within health and social care can be created to allow students to practice in a safe but realistic way.”
Student nurses to ‘hone skills’ in A&E simulator
He added: “The students may also use the space as a self-directed learning resource, complimenting their clinical skills teaching that supports their critical thinking skills.
“They can explore clinical environments and seek more information by interacting with a series of triggers,” said Mr Foreman.
“Triggers that the students can use to guide them during early years can be hidden in later years to stimulate critical thinking and clinical decision making as they gain experience and knowledge,” he said.
Nursing students Nicola Kirk- Pitts, soon to be entering her last year of study at the university, and Lucy Taylor, due to enter her second year of study, were the first students to trial the suite.
Ms Taylor said: “First year students can use this equipment to practice and, therefore, won’t feel as intimidated when starting their placement.”