At this week’s National Student Nurses Association conference in Orlando, Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future is unveiling a free virtual training program called Your Future in Nursing, which can be found at the Web site DiscoverNursing.com. (Sidenote: the site has many other resources for men in nursing, student nurses, and others, including a fairly vast collection of Profiles in Nursing, which is worth browsing through to get a sense of the really broad range of people who work in the nursing profession.)
You can download the virtual training program for free or order the CD through the DiscoverNursing.com Web site. Designed to address the extremely high turnover rates among first-year nurses who often feel woefully unprepared for the realities of the workplace, the program (full disclosure: we’ve watched a trailer, but we haven’t tried it yet ourselves) sounds intriguing (and a virtuous subsitute for a half hour spent on Facebook):
The interactive training tool allows nurses to select a 3D nurse character and navigate through the rooms of a virtual hospital. As they tour the hospital, nurses interact with animated versions of the people who will shape their first year on the job – hospital administrators, nurse managers, doctors, other nurses, patients and their families. Nurses work at their own pace to respond to different, real-life nursing scenarios they would normally encounter throughout the hospital. In addition to getting immediate feedback on each answer, sections close with a video message from an experienced nurse mentor who provides perspective and coaching on the new nurse’s experience.