Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have adapted numerous new processes and procedures. Keeping patients safe is dependent on the education and experience of providers caring for them. By utilizing the capabilities of augmented reality (AR), clinical nurse educators (CNEs)/advanced nurse clinicians (ANCs) can provide real-time learning while providing feedback to nurses during simulated instructional experiences. AR instructional methods hold promise for educators due to staff shortages, time constraints, and inadequate facility space for in-person teaching sessions.
The purpose of this doctoral project was to evaluate the ANCs readiness to adopt new AR technology, the Microsoft HoloLens, as a teaching strategy.
In this pretest-posttest design, four educational sessions were employed to explore the ANCs perceived usefulness (PU) and perceived ease of use (PEU) of the HoloLens headset.
Four educational sessions on AR, the Microsoft HoloLens AR headset, and its use for training of nurses were held. The total sample size of ANCs that attended a session was 14. The perception of the HoloLens PU and PEU as a teaching strategy total pre and post survey mean scores increased from 59.07 to 77 respectively (p <.001). This shows significance that the ANCs perceived the HoloLens to be easy to use and useful to their job performance.
The study results were significant; however, it also implies that ANCs were likely to adopt this technology prior to the educational session(s). Both PU and PEU 2 increased after the educational sessions, which demonstrates ANCs readiness to adopt this new technology into their training of nurses.
Carbone, Kelly, "Evaluating Advanced Nurse Clinicians’ Readiness to Use Augmented Reality for Delivery of Simulated Teaching Sessions" (2023). DNP Scholarly Projects. 32.