Teaching nursing students about the complexities of health care quality and safety through traditional textbooks can be difficult.
"Most education in textbooks is, 'Well here's the ideal. Here's how it should be,' " said Mary Dolansky, director of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute at Case Western Reserve University. "It does not integrate the complexity of health care today."
The QSEN Institute has partnered with educational software developer Shadow Health to bring web-based virtual patient simulations to students, who can interact with digital patients to perform assessments and practice documentation, while demonstrating critical thinking.