Dr. Sherill Smith Receives Virtual Reality Grant

Dr. Sherrill Smith received the 2015 National League for Nursing Donnelly-Corcoran Nursing Education Research Grant Award for her research study, Virtual Reality Strategies in Nursing Education: Effectiveness in Teaching Nursing Students Decontamination Procedures.

This study will be funded from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016 in the amount of $21,827.

The purpose of this study is to examine the differences in student outcomes using varying levels of immersive virtual reality strategies to teach nursing students the disaster specific skill of decontamination. Both cognitive and performance-based outcomes will be measured before, immediately after, and at six months post intervention. Co-PI for the project is Dr. Sharon Farra.

The multi-site study includes participation from Wright State University, Miami University, and University of Cincinnati. Additional site specific key personnel include Dr. Deborah Ulrich (Wright State University), Dr. Gordon Gillespie (University of Cincinnati), and Dr. Eric Hodgson/Dr. Stephanie Nicely (Miami University).