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More than plastic: Vignettes help students connect with manikins

A technology-enhanced approach to learning simulations improved students' engagement with manikins and helped them reflect on their values and pre-conceived notions of people from diverse backgrounds, research has found.

The study aimed to address a lack of empirical research regarding how to enhance nursing students' engagement with manikins. Dr Tamara Power, director of health simulation at the University of Technology Sydney, led the research, which examined how students reacted to a technology-enhanced approach to improving learning simulations.

Across 10 teaching weeks, students were introduced to five separate case studies through vignettes. When students got to the labs, they found manikins dressed in the same props used in the films.

The researchers said feedback indicated that the intervention increased students’ ability to suspend disbelief, feel connected, and approach the manikins in a more understanding and empathetic way.

Joining UTS's Power in conducting the research were Claudia Virdun, Haidee White, Carolyn Hayes, Nicola Parker, Michelle Kelly, Rebecca Disler and Amanda Cottle.

Nursing Review sat down with Power to discuss the impact the intervention had on the student experience and the factors critical to its success.


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