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An Interactive Simulation Experience for Evidence-based, Psychiatric Patient Scenarios

vSim® for Nursing | Mental Health

Nurses are the largest group of professionals providing mental health care - Are they prepared?

Despite resounding agreement among nurse educators about the importance of mental health education, there is often a question of just how to impact the right skills onto learners. Virtual simulation has increased in popularity because it can help to introduce mental health education in an interactive and realistic way.

Mental Disorders

The new vSim for Nursing Mental Health scenarios cover topics including:
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood

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Using Virtual Simulation to Support Mental Health Education

mental health education

Mental illness can be one of the biggest challenges that a nurse faces. Misdiagnosis is common in the realm of mental health, simply because symptoms can often materialize in different ways and at different times. Nurses can feel more confident in their ability to assess and diagnose a mentally-ill patient when they have an understanding of how certain mental illnesses present themselves, and the critical-thinking skills required to take an accurate patient history.

In this article, we discuss how training with a practical delivery mode, like virtual simulation, can better prepare nursing students to recognize mental illness and can promote a more favorable attitude toward patients with a mental illness.

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