INACSL 2019 Engages Nursing Simulation Champions From Around the World
The 2019 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Conference opened yesterday in Phoenix Arizona with the Hayden Vanguard Lectureship by Brad Chesham. HealthySimulation.com writers are at the event this week and will be covering the latest in Nursing Simulation news, resources, and ideas through this article here!
The INACSL meeting is a leading forum for nursing simulation aficionados, researchers, and vendors providing the ideal environment to gain and disseminate current, state-of-the-art knowledge in the areas of skills/simulation operations and applications in an evidenced-based venue. At the event this week, healthcare professionals have the opportunity to network with colleagues and exhibitors, discuss best practices as relates to competencies, safety and quality performance indicators, and advance the science of clinical simulation.
Sponsored by CAE Healthcare, The Hayden Vanguard Lectureship recognizes innovation in Nursing Simulation. Australia-based Brad Chesham, MSN, PGC, RN, ICU, ALS-1, was awarded the keynote lectureship of the 2019 INACSL event, speaking on “Immerse Everything” and his work as a Nurse Innovator with his startup company Bundle of Rays.
Bundle of Rays focuses on “clinical skills and health-based training” utilizing virtual reality to teach anatomy and physiology, combined with simulation technology to link imaging to patient assessment. Designed by nurses, these training programs focus on patient safety, quality assessment skills and escalation of clinical deterioration. All of this is done in small class sizes at dynamic venues, conceptualizing the future of healthcare education. The company was a part of the Innovation Centre of the Sunshine Coast’s Health Accelerator to help develop the business to a wider audience.
Brad reminded the audience that education is changing, and that new digital technologies are revolutionizing paradigms of learner engagement. While Virtual Reality is not new, the reduced cost to manufacture headset technologies in the modern era has brought it to the forefront of innovation today. We can now let every learner walk through the heart, hold alveoli, manage a deteriorating patient in a moving helicopter, or even perform surgery on the surface of Mars!
Like the holodeck from Star Trek, with one device we can train for any clinical situation, in any environment! Brad shared that VR is quickly becoming a key research topic with clinical education of anatomy, which are showing increased engagement to learn and significantly increases in satisfaction to learn. Obviously, taking a break from reading or lecture-based learning to explore anatomy virtually will provide digital natives with a new perspective of the content at hand.
Showcasing Augmented Reality (AR) in real-time, Brad shared how he could pick up a digital beating heart on his desk, bringing digital animation into a real background. Combining these technologies allows educators to have multi-user sessions across mediums to teach countless learners at the same time, even if they are located at different locations around the world. Brad shared that through his startup Bundle of Rays, to provide education for multiple learners at the same time even though they are spread across a wide geographic region.
He did remind the audience that the VR headset technologies are changing so rapidly that large scale investments are rare at this time, meaning that most research projects have small samples sizes. As well, no VR therapy has been approved by the FDA yet which means more research is necessary.