How Public/Community Health Virtual Clinical Experiences Enhance Clinical Reasoning

Presented by: Jone Tiffany, DNP, MA, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, Professor of Nursing, Healthcare Education Consultant, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and Barbara Hoglund, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, CNE, Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul MN

Common problems in public/community health nursing education include a) a lack of clinical sites; b) lack of qualified nurse educators, and c) a lack of consistent learning experiences for nursing students in traditional public/community health settings. New advances in technology are providing nurse educators with innovative ways to enhance clinical reasoning and deliver nursing education content. One of these advances is screen-based virtual reality software that can be utilized for simulated clinical experiences. 

In these virtual clinical experiences, students participate in activities that increase poverty awareness; learn and apply public health concepts related to intimate partner violence, elder abuse, homelessness, and advocacy; develop disaster assessment, emergency response, and post-disaster recovery skills; and facilitate a community assessment. “Family as client” is addressed from a population-based perspective within clinic and home visits. Other active learning experiences include a safety assessment with an aging adult; case management; telehealth; correctional nursing; and mental health from a community perspective. This webinar will discuss how the use of virtual clinical experiences can help students develop clinical reasoning.

1. Examine how technology can be used to support alternative learning experiences for community/public health clinical experiences.
2. Discuss how a series of innovative community/public health clinical experiences can be used to enhance clinical reasoning.

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