Elsevier collaborates with SimX to offer innovative virtual reality healthcare simulations to nursing schools across North America -

Elsevier, a global leader in information and analytics, has announced a partnership with SimX, a developer of advanced VR simulation trainings for healthcare professionals, to launch Simulation Learning System (SLS) for RN with Virtual Reality (SLS with VR). SLS with VR is a new digital solution that combines cutting-edge virtual reality technology from SimX with Elsevier’s healthcare content to bring realistic and highly effective VR simulations to nursing schools. With this partnership the global publisher seeks to offer nursing schools the ability to facilitate clinical simulations as they would in a traditional simulation lab.

SLS with VR features 100 virtual reality patient scenarios and over 160 lab-based scenarios, allowing nursing students gain valuable experience and enhance their clinical judgment skills. This cutting-edge technology provides an effective solution for nursing schools experiencing limitations with in-person labs and clinical rotations due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Nursing schools are reportedly facing unprecedented challenges in delivering high quality clinical experiences necessary for training practice-ready nurses. SLS with VR is projected to be an effective, affordable, and scalable solution for nursing schools in providing simulated clinical experiences that develop clinical judgment skills and improve learning outcomes. According to Brent Gordon, Managing Director and General Manager, Nursing and Health Education, Elsevier, SLS with VR transports students to a virtual world where they are fully immersed in a dynamic clinical environment and surrounded by all the tools and resources available in a typical healthcare setting.

Nursing students can advance their skills through a variety of unique, evidence-based scenarios. Each scenario challenges the user to make decisions in real-time that have direct patient implications and mirror the fast-paced, ever-changing environment that nurses work in.

The SimX platform within SLS with VR claims to be the most advanced VR simulation platform for nursing education available in the market. This VR simulation platform is designed to allow a multi-player experience in the same play space.

Institutions and faculty members can choose from 100 VR scenarios in various disciplines. These include: Fundamentals, Health Assessment, Maternity, Medical-Surgical, Psychiatric, Pediatric, Community and Leadership. Owing to the pandemic, SLS with VR also provides unique cases that immerse students in front line care.

As Elsevier continues to expand its digital education and simulation product portfolio to address the evolving needs in healthcare, the global publisher has been partnering with students and healthcare professionals on their journey from education to clinical practice. In December 2020 Elsevier acquired Shadow Health, a leading provider of best-in-class digital health simulations for nursing students, enhancing its offerings for healthcare practitioners during a time of continued growth in telehealth. The company also introduced Transition to Practice in the US. Transition to Practice is an online learning platform that supports new nurses to build skills and confidence as they transition from academia to professional clinical practice.

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