Augmented reality

Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK, has become the first higher education institution in the world to introduce augmented reality (AR) technology into the nurse training and midwifery curriculum.

Designed to assess care and compassion in patient care, the AR technology displays videos of patients, played by actors, superimposed onto training manikins.

Overlaid onto the replica through an iPad tablet, the computer-generated images or video of the patient provides a description of the patient experience and a range of scenarios to test the reactions and patient communication skills of the trainee nurses.

The new healthcare education and training body, Health Education England (HEE), has acknowledged and recognised Sheffield Hallam’s facilities for student nurses and midwives.

Sheffield Hallam University assistant dean and head Jean Flanagan said, "The introduction of augmented reality has been a hit with our students and staff and it has allowed us to realistically assess how our students are going to perform when they are out on the wards."

Image: Sheffield Hallam University has introduced augmented reality into its nursing and midwifery curriculum. Photo courtesy of Sheffield Hallam University.