Paper 1 explores the impact of a theatrical production, based on a real story, aimed at enhancing student nurse understanding of the challenges individuals face in accessing services. The play is based on the author’s experience as carer for their son, exploring mental health, alcohol use and navigating a disintegrated health and social care system. Students felt this was a powerful and authentic experience that helped them to develop empathy and deeper understanding of their nursing role. Paper 2 focuses on an interactive workshop that uses virtual reality technology to immerse the learner into a virtual 360 degree world. Participants experience symptoms that a person with dementia might experience in an acute ward environment, and is designed to improve the participant’s knowledge and understanding and result in improved attitudes and patient centred care. Paper 3 focuses on the evaluation of an innovation that promotes leadership through quality improvements (QI) developed by nursing students. Students are ideally placed to identify opportunities for QI as they progress though diverse placement areas. Students are empowered to create and lead innovative solutions, developing viable QI proposals. This has been well received and student QI proposals have been successfully implemented in practice.
Harper-McDonald, B., Bastow, F., & Smart, A. (2019, September). Empowering through authentic experience: dramatic digital, and improvement approaches to enhance learning. Presented at 30th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference