Kathleen Huun has authored an excellent article about virtual simulation in online nursing programs. Over the last 2.5 years, Huun has implemented a total of 16 robots for the undergraduate nursing simulation programs at Indiana State School of Nursing. Here's the abstract:
Simulation has become commonplace yet must be expanded for distance/online nursing students. Evidence-based simulation entities (e-simulations, video simulation, and telepresence simulation) provide asynchronous and synchronous options. For quality assurance, the selected modality is best when aligned with Quality Matters (QM™) standards in the form of component design standards for ease of student and faculty use. A variety of simulation modalities are reviewed for component (simulation) design to provide high-quality simulation aligned with course design, delivery, and objectives for online/distance nursing students.
The article is published in the Volume 22, September 2018 of the Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal. Huun will be presenting at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2018 in Portugal this month.