An Educator's Anthology of Virtual Simulation Applications for Nursing Curricula: A Mapping Review

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      • Virtual (screen-based) simulations assist nursing students’ clinical learning.
      • A collection of open access and fee-based virtual technologies is presented.
      • Results meet a need for educators to access virtual simulation applications.
      Virtual (screen-based) simulations have been utilized to help progress pre-licensure nursing students’ remote clinical learning during the recent pandemic. This mapping review, reports an anthology of virtual simulation technology sources from simulation education web sites and library sources. Two authors verified available sources and categorized these based on cost; either open access, or subscription-based. A list of 40 virtual simulation sources including virtual simulations, virtual reality simulations and virtual games, is presented. These provide faculty with a choice of virtual simulation modalities for various levels of nurse learners. Numerous virtual simulation technology applications are available for educators to utilize in teaching nursing students. Results from this review meet a need for educators to access virtual simulation applications to include in their education curricula.


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