UNB, YorkU use virtual, online programming to reduce barriers to nursing education


The University of New Brunswick and York University have published articles about how they are using virtual and online technology to support nursing education. UNB is running a Learn Where You Live program to enable licensed practical nurses to complete their Bachelor of Nursing Education from anywhere in the province. Meta Quest 2 headsets are used to provide students with simulation training in a virtual reality environment. At YorkU, a three-month pilot project that offered online mentoring to nursing students has been deemed a success. Project lead and YorkU Assistant Professor Ruth Robbio explained that psychosocial support and mentoring are essential “to facilitating entry to practice,” and that offering this support in an online format helps to reduce barriers to access.

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