Virtual Hospital is a first-of-its-kind virtual learning system in Hong Kong that simulates the complex and chaotic environment of a real-life hospital ward. With a total of 11 games, the system provides five scenarios, namely “Clinical Practicum Orientation”, “Challenges of Delirium”, “Managing Multitasks”, “Prevention of Errors” and “Potential Heart Attack”. More than 1,200 combinations of randomised situations and multiple choices make it difficult for students to predict the tasks they will be handling, while they are required to provide instant responses to multitasks and make appropriate nursing decisions through assessing a patient’s condition and interpreting their medical information.
Virtual Hospital allows users’ responses and decisions to be displayed on a TV monitor for group participation, while their communication with the virtual patients can be recorded for review. By answering multiple-choice questions, the student can reflect on the judgements and decisions made. In addition, the game data and the automated assessment function of the system also provide convenience for teachers in tracking students’ progress and evaluating learning outcomes.
Officially launched in January this year, Virtual Hospital has benefited over 450 nursing students. Dr Justina Liu said, “Virtual Hospital provides our students with a cooperative case-based learning opportunity. Supplemented with our current practice on patient simulators, I hope that the Virtual Hospital can further help our students to master the skills that are required for clinical nursing and most importantly for reducing errors in actual clinical situations.”
Dr Liu continued, “We are pleased that the virtual learning system has received positive feedback from students, and we look forward to incorporating interprofessional and interdisciplinary elements in the future, as well as introducing the system to other nursing institutions in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.”
Ariel Cheng, a Year-3 student from PolyU School of Nursing, was impressed by the fidelity of the Virtual Hospital in terms of the environmental details and emotional demands. She said the VR learning experience had strengthened her confidence in clinical practice as the system allowed every student to deal with nursing problems on their own, which helps them better understand the nervousness and pressure experienced by nurses in the real clinical environment.
Click here to view the Virtual Hospital’s introduction video.
Miss Helen Hsu
Communications Manager, School of Nursing
- (852) 2766 4129