Exploring nursing students' perceptions toward a 3-D virtual ward in learning rapid sequence intubation

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Exploring nursing students' perceptions toward a 3-D virtual ward in learning rapid sequence intubation


Author: Choo, Tat-ming
Title: Exploring nursing students' perceptions toward a 3-D virtual ward in learning rapid sequence intubation
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2011
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Second Life (Game)
Trachea -- Intubation
Shared virtual environments -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Department: School of Nursing
Pages: x, 109 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2442223
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/6086
Abstract: Endotracheal intubations are needed for respiratory failure patients or protect airways for the unconscious patients. Nowadays, rapid sequence intubation (RSI) is a preferred method of intubation to reduce the risk of aspiration in the patients. The nurses are the ideal professionals in assisting this procedure, however, the assisting technique was not taught to the undergraduate nursing students in the university. It is believed that the repetitive training is the ideal one for changing from the basis of traditional instruction to computer-based virtual reality. Second Life (SL) provides users a safe environment for experiential learning, practising skills, trying new ideas, and learning from their mistakes. Therefore, SL is considered a potential teaching method for the advanced nursing skills. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of the nursing students toward the SL in helping the training of RSI. This study used a proposed model designed from the basis of the technology acceptance model (TAM) aiming to test for explaining and predicting the nursing students' intention in using the RSI in SL. The nursing students were recruited from a university in Hong Kong. By convenience sampling, two hundred and six participants were recruited in four tutorial sessions. The results showed that no significant difference of gender, history of 3-D experience toward all constructs. However, significant differences were found between the level of study toward the perceived ease of use, attitude toward using and intention to use. A confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was performed to assess the reliability and validity of the proposed model. Structural equation modelling (SEM) was employed to test for the fit of the data with the proposed model. The results of the study showed that the proposed model had the good reliability and validity. The perceived usefulness of the SL programme had a significant effect on the attitude toward using and intention to use the SL respectively. However, perceived ease of use had not a significant effect on attitude toward using the SL programme. This study explored the nursing students' perception toward using the SL programme in learning a psychomotor skill. The study provided information for enhancing the development of the virtual simulation for nursing students learning in the future. Directions toward future researches were also explored.

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