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Proposal of Strategies to Create a Case of Virtual Patient for Nursing Education

Kayoko Hirano 1, Yukie Majima 2, and Kiyoko Tokunaga 1
1. Faculty of Health Science Department of Nursing, Kyoto Koka Women’s University, Kyoto, Japan
2. Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan

Abstract—In 2011, nursing practice skills, which are the core of undergraduate nursing programs, were assessed with the expectation of developing nursing practitioners, researchers, and educators possessing a broad range of professional knowledge and research capability. Particularly, the acquisition of problem-solving approaches in nursing practice poses a challenge for the development of nursing processes that are customized for each patient. This study was undertaken to examine a class design in nursing skills education that aims to have nursing students create patient cases, image the patients, and foster nursing practice skills with individuality. Proposal of learning strategies to create a case of virtual patient for nursing education. After the training, a questionnaire survey was administered. We summarize the effects of students independently creating patient cases. First, creating patient cases independently can promote imaging of patients by students. Second, by having discussions, more information can be extracted in a specific manner. And, Learning to create patient cases can foster a high level of thinking ability. 
Index Terms—nursing practice, nursing skill, virtual patient, class design

Cite: Kayoko Hirano, Yukie Majima, and Kiyoko Tokunaga, "Proposal of Strategies to Create a Case of Virtual Patient for Nursing Education," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 29-32, March 2017. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.3.1.29-32