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Honors Thesis


Simulation is a common experience for training and testing in nursing school that can be used to create many different scenarios (Cobbett and Snelgrove-Clarke, 2016). It can be used for clinical training such as dressing changes, or how to interact with a patient. Faculty sometimes use simulation as a way to allow students to make mistakes and actually cause adverse consequences for patients. In those instances, it has been reported that simulation causes anxiety among nursing students. Even though there is a debrief after the training and students realize they learned valuable lessons, it still is a source of anxiety for them. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to create a learning experience that would reduce anxiety. Participants were allowed time to become acclimated to the learning environment of Augmented Reality (AR), then learning time, and then testing began. They were then recorded to self-debrief their own dressing change experience. Finally, they were asked about their anxiety levels. A mixed-method design was used for this study. Participants stated they felt using AR was indeed a good learning tool and they reported that it reduced anxiety. Participants reported increased learning when seeing the recording and self-debrief. In conclusion, this mode of training and testing can be used for many different scenarios that can be created for clinical training and testing for nursing students as well as for nurses who have continued training in the clinical arena.

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