Mental health education and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) in pre-registration nursing degrees

Follow the leaders?

Rhonda Wilson, Catherine Hungerford

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Abstract

Virtual learning environments (VLEs) are now commonly used, worldwide, as teaching and learning platforms for pre-registration nursing education. However, there is only limited evidence in the research literature to suggest that VLEs are employed to support the education of student nurses about mental health and illness. This article describes the work of mental health nurse educators who have taken the lead by providing case-based simulations on VLEs, thereby enabling students to acquire knowledge and develop the clinical skills required for practice in mental health settings. Benefits of VLEs include their flexibility and accessibility, and also the opportunity they provide for students to engage with Web 2.0 technologies. Leadership in education must include the utilization of the most current pedagogical tools and strategies, as well as staying abreast of contemporary evidence-based practices in clinical settings, to support the knowledge acquisition and practice-based learning of the registered nurses (RNs) of the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-387
Number of pages9
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Mental health education and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) in pre-registration nursing degrees : Follow the leaders? / Wilson, Rhonda; Hungerford, Catherine.

In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Vol. 36, No. 5, 2015, p. 379-387.

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