$100,000 Grant Awarded to OSA members

OSA members Dr. Jane Tyerman, Dr. Marian Luctkar-Flude, Dr. Deborah Tregunno, Dr. Rylan Egan, Dr. Michelle Lalonde, Dr. Tammie McParland, and Laurie Peachey are part of a research team that has earned a $100,000 grant from eCampus Ontario to investigate the cost effectiveness of using computer simulation in nursing education. The funding is going to create online virtual simulations which will better prepare students for hands-on work once they enter the simulation lab.

“This grant not only supports a multisite collaboration among Ontario nurse educators,” explains Dr. Tyerman. This collaboration involves nurse simulationist from Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Queen’s University, Nipissing University, the University of Ottawa and York University. “Through this grant, we will further advance knowledge for simulation education design and delivery within a virtual gaming platform.”

“Virtual reality is really an emerging field and this funding is enabling our students to be leaders in that area,” says Dr. Luctkar-Flude. ““The project is also a real highlight in the collaborative process between institutions.”

The grant and the research collaboration between the nursing programs involved builds upon the partnerships and research opportunities that were created from a 2013-2014 Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Productivity and Innovation Fund grant, led by Dr. Tregunno. The grant saw more than $5 million awarded to 13 universities and four college partners to create simulation scenarios to support fourth-year nursing students’ transition to practice.





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