The research article by Wüller, Behrens, Garthaus, Marquard, and Remmers (2019) is a scoping review published in BMC Nursing Journal. The paper’s subject is the peculiarities of using various Augmented Reality (AR) devices in nursing and the technical problems that arise during their development. This well-grounded overview of the current research on Augment Reality applications, their evaluation, and functional features can be used to create new technologies and identify their merits and demerits.
The paper’s authors describe the lack of research focusing on the practical introduction of AR devices into nursing. Thus, this work aims to determine the peculiarities of using AR in nursing and to familiarize with the possible gaps in its studying (Wüller et al., 2019). This article is intended for medical workers who use devices of AR and technicians who take part in their development. Although it is rather difficult to predict the future of AR technology because of the lack of grounded works, the authors emphasize the need for long-term use of AR.
This article, based on the scope study methodology, covers several significant findings. The authors used the work by Arksey and O‘Malley (2005) to “specify the overall plan of the paper” (LoBiondo-Wood, & Haber, 2018). The authors concluded that most AR fixtures are still in the early stages of implementation (Wüller et al., 2019). Although several articles describe the technical challenges with using AR devices, the results of studies evaluating AR in nursing were positive. Thus, the main findings of this article can be helpful both in further research and the development of new AR devices.
This scoping review of the different scientific articles and technical texts related to the functioning of AR applications in nursing is quite informative for those who work with these gears. This paper describes various devices that can be used in clinical settings. Thus, the article will profit from the quick solution of technical problems, further developing AR devices and their practical everyday implementation in nursing.
The article by Verkuyl and Mastrilli (2017) was firstly published in Nursing and Health Sciences. The subject of this paper is the features of virtual simulation (VS), which contributes to a better understanding of the theoretical material and develops practical skills in nursing education. This review describes the peculiarities of VS as a teaching method, its advantages and disadvantages, and the extent of its scrutiny in the modern world.
Although virtual simulation has been introduced into the education system quite recently, thousands of students have noticed its benefits. Therefore, this work aims to define the place of VS in nursing education. This article is intended for nurses, medical students, teachers, and methodologists. The authors touched upon three main problems: student outcomes, student challenges with VS, and faculty challenges (Verkuyl et al., 2017). They concluded that although VS was introduced recently, its advantages have already set it apart from other methods.
Having reviewed 123 scientific works, the authors have drawn several essential conclusions. They used the methodological paper by Arksey and O‘Malley (2005) to clarify the structure of the scoping review and “to provide an overarching perspective” of the theme (LoBiondo-Wood, & Haber, 2018). Firstly, it has been found that most students highly appreciate VS which lets them study remotely. Secondly, using VS can cause some problems if students have older model computers. Thirdly, teachers also reported technical failures in the program, but they are ready to solve such issues (Verkuyl et al., 2017). Thus, the authors concluded that VS has significant potential and student support.
This article is a vital scoping review, which has taken the virtual simulation in the nursing education system to the next level. It describes features VS that offers engaging, absorbing, and practical training, which does not depend on geographic boundaries. The article’s results can be successfully used during the implementation of this method, further research of it, and the extent to which VS can support learning.
LoBiondo-Wood, G. & Haber, J. (2018). Nursing research: Methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice (9th ed.). Mosby Elsevier.
Verkuyl, M., & Mastrilli P. (2017). Virtual simulations in nursing education: A scoping review. Nursing and Health Sciences, 3(2), 39–47.