Virtual worlds in nursing education: a synthesis of the literature.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Although the literature has highlighted the use of virtual worlds in teaching-learning, little is known about the concepts associated with this technology in nursing education. Moreover, the application of virtual worlds to education has been underdeveloped theoretically, with much of the work being exploratory. Thus, the aim of this integrative review was to identify the current evidence on the use of virtual worlds in the education of nursing and other health professional students and to describe emerging themes surrounding this phenomenon. We searched seven electronic databases for relevant articles and used Whittemore's and Knafl's integrative review method to synthesize the literature. Twelve articles met the selection criteria for this review, from which three overarching themes emerged: (a) critical reasoning skills, (b) student-centered learning, and (c) instructional design considerations. This integrative review extends our understanding of virtual worlds in nursing education and the potential barriers and facilitators of their use.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • De Gagne, JC; Oh, J; Kang, J; Vorderstrasse, AA; Johnson, CM

Published Date

  • July 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 391 - 396

PubMed ID

  • 23755942

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-2421

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-4834

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3928/01484834-20130610-03


  • eng