Nursing students in Goleta using virtual reality to better understand patients

keyt | March 26, 2019

For the first time, students at California State University Channel Islands are getting a glimpse into a different world.A new program at CSUCI is giving nursing students a chance to experience what their patients are going through firsthand.Several students tested out this new program in Goleta at the Channel Islands satellite campus Tuesday morning. “We are actually working with students and letting them put on the virtual headset and become the patient,” said Jaime Hannans, who is the Associate Professor of Nursing. Two students at a time were able to test out the virtual reality experience for 15 minute intervals. “I embodied a 74-year-old African American patient,” said Taylor Grosenbach, CSUCI nursing student. “He had macular degeneration where you do not see the centre of your vision and he also had hearing impairment so everything sounded kind of foggy. You actually get to see it from a first person perspective. “The nursing program at Channel Islands first introduced “Embodied Labs” nearly a near ago, and now the University is expanding its program to the satellite campus in Goleta. “We are exploring ways to improve patient care and build empathy for our students,” said Hannans. “It is a great opportunity to let them experience a disease process or chronic disease such as Alzheimer's, or vision and hearing impairment from the patient perspective and really have a better understand how frustrating and difficult and challenging that might be for the patient.”

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For over a decade, under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), educators focused on parent involvement in schools. NCLB emphasized “building parents’ capacity for using effective practices to improve their own children’s academic achievement” and “shared accountability between schools and parents for high student achievement.” This included involving parents in school activities and providing materials and training to support parents in contributing to their child’s academic achievement.

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For over a decade, under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), educators focused on parent involvement in schools. NCLB emphasized “building parents’ capacity for using effective practices to improve their own children’s academic achievement” and “shared accountability between schools and parents for high student achievement.” This included involving parents in school activities and providing materials and training to support parents in contributing to their child’s academic achievement.

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