Dr. Blackwell's BLOG

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Dr. Blackwell’s Research to be Published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 20:41

Findings from a recent research project on which Dr. Blackwell participated are going to be published in the journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Data from the work suggest pre-briefing exercises conducted in acute care simulations using augmented reality can enhance learners’ retainment of clinical information and skills. The research team was led by Dr. Mindi Anderson, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN, FSSH, the Director of the healthcare simulation graduate programs in the College of Nursing at UCF.

Dr. Frank Guido-Sanz, APRN, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, Faculty in the College’s adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner programs, also worked closely on the project. The article, entitled, “Clinical Simulation in Nursing Augmented Reality (AR) as a Prebrief for Acute Care Simulation” will be published in the journal later in the year. Other authors on the article include Steven “Steve” Talbert, Ph.D., RN, Mari Dial, PMGT-BC, CHSE, LNC, Ryan McMahan, Ph.D., and Desiree Diaz, Ph.D., FNP-BC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN. The abstract for the article appears below:

Background: There is sparse literature describing the use of Augmented Reality (AR) as pre-simulation preparation (i.e., prebrief) and how participants are oriented to the technology. Methods: A multi-methods study was piloted with adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner learners. Participants were oriented to the AR headset and participated in an AR experience during prebrief followed by a high-technology, manikin-based simulation. Usability, effectiveness, and participant side effect data were gathered. Four open-ended questions were answered, and anecdotal notes were taken.

Results: The AR prebrief activity averaged 22 minutes or less. Side effects that occurred during the experience were mostly oculomotor. Usability was less than average; however, the AR activity during prebrief appeared to be effective in the overall simulation experience.

Conclusions: AR can be utilized during prebrief. There are multiple faculty considerations. Further study for AR during prebrief is needed.


Augmented Reality (AR) can be utilized during prebrief and is effective.

Timing for AR during prebrief should be evaluated.

Faculty considerations must be contemplated when using AR.

Key Points:

Prebriefing is foundational for successfully meeting established simulation outcomes.

Integrating AR technology into the prebrief may enhance simulation learning experiences.

Further research is needed in AR for prebrief learning.

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Powered by WordPress