The nursing shortage continues to worsen nationwide for the many hospitals, medical centers, and healthcare systems. These institutions have a growing demand for practice-ready nurses, nonetheless there are insufficient training site for nurses to receive the required nursing education and training.

A new survey report, titled “Future of Technology in Nursing Education”, from Wolters Kluwer Health and the National League for Nursing’s Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology, has found technology adoption playing a much bigger role due to the shortage of clinical training sites for nurses.

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The report found 65 percent of nursing education in the United States use virtual simulation and only 10 percent using virtual reality. However, the study also found the number of virtual reality utilization would increase to 45 percent within the next five years.

The survey results were presented at the 2017 National League for Nursging Education Summit in San Diego. The survey found 63 percent of the 500 nursing faculty and administrator survey respondents cited the importance of advanced technology in nursing education and 39 percent indicating availability of clinical training site for students are limited. The survey concluded the rate of technology adoption is growing at a more rapid pace.

“This survey confirms the important role nurse educators play in advancing the use of technology in the classroom through their willingness to act as early adopters and trailblazers,” said Julie Stegman, vice president and publisher, nursing education, Wolters Kluwer Health Learning, Research and Practice. “By seeking out innovative technologies like adaptive quizzing and virtual simulation, nurse educators are helping to overcome resource challenges and pave the way for their peers in other areas of higher education to also benefit from these advances.”

According to the report, current technologies will be replaced by newer, next-generation, solution as nursing programs evolve over the next five years. This will include use of videos for skill development to drop and replaced by virtual reality and an increase in mobile learning apps.

“This is yet another area where nursing education is forging its own path,” said Sue Forneris, RN, excelsior deputy director, National League for Nursing Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology. “Where general education is expected to focus on adaptive learning and Internet of Things technologies over the next five years, nursing programs will be implementing virtual reality and data analytics tools.”

To meet the growing demands from healthcare institutions and meet clinical training requirements, such advances in technology in nursing education will continue to prosper.

Source: Healthcare IT News