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Upstate Spring 14 Magazine Online

Cutting Edge Technology Gives Nursing Students A Leading Edge BY CAROLYN FARR SHANESY earning in a virtual environment is helping student nurses stay sharp both inside and outside of the classroom. Dr. Darlene Amendolair, an associate professor in the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has worked diligently to find grants and other financial support to design “cutting edge” computer simulation for student nurses. “We started doing research and found that a virtual environment could bring a second life to practical nursing education knowledge,” Amendolair said. “There’s great potential, but it’s not cheap to build it.” The work started about three years ago. Amendolair assembled a team of colleagues – locally, nationally and internationally – to explore technology inclusion in nursing education. “Students are no longer just sitting in classroom,” Amendolair said. “They want and need to be active learners.” In order to engage those students, Amendolair and her colleagues, Sharon Smith and Catherine Talley, began looking at video-gaming and how it could be used to teach. The team created avatars dressed in USC Upstate nursing uniforms and designed a virtual world health care facility. 2014 Spring Upstate Magazine 16 


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