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Bring dynamic virtual
reality to nursing.
At scale.

Enhancing clinical judgment and critical thinking skills through immersive VR nursing simulations.

What is VR simulation in nursing?

  • An immersive, interactive, and engaging modality for competency-based nursing education
  • Allows learners to lead patient cases, reinforcing key nursing skills like clinical judgment, decision-making, prioritization, and communication
  • Complements didactic learning by providing a place where learners can immediately put theory into practice
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VR for clinical judgement
in nursing education

"I think OMS is the most valuable learning tool that we have in the simulation center." 

Clinical Educator, Middlesex University

VR for onboarding
in nursing education

One nurse "felt much more prepared for an emergency she was in in real life, and she attributed that to her experience with OMS." 

Toni Imprescia, Nurse Educator, Boston Children's Hospital
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Why OMS?

On the unit, in the classroom, or at home – OMS you can take anywhere.

Dynamic, realistic VR nursing simulations

  • Scenarios powered by AI for adaptive and responsive simulations
  • Underlying emotion and physiology engines create realistic interactions in a safe learning environment

Standardized scenarios, objective results

  • Automated and objective simulations create a truly standardized learning environment
  • Robust data & analytics provide unique insights into trends and alignment with competencies

Intuitive authoring platform

  • Edit from a library of over 240 existing scenarios across disciplines and specialties
  • Change vital signs, feedback or scoring, or reconstruct the flow of a scenario
  • Align scenarios with facility-specific protocols or guidelines to reduce variation in care

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to general questions around VR in nursing!
How is VR used in nursing?

VR nursing simulations are used from the beginning of students’ education through the lifespan of the nursing career.

Junior learners get practical experience before applying skills in the clinical setting, learning the role of the nurse and gaining real-world foundational skills they can use when they begin seeing patients.

Advanced practitioners get opportunities for repeated practice to stay fresh on their skills or learn new skills to advance their professional development.

Simulation-based education is a cornerstone of nursing education and training, however, it can be time and resource intensive to run a day of simulation.

VR nursing simulations provide realistic and immersive sim experiences that can be repeated as much as needed, so learners can meaningfully apply skills in an immersive yet safe environment. More practice, more often can mean increased confidence, competence, and better patient outcomes.

Absolutely! With OMS, learners can conduct care individually or in team-based settings, so all the bases are covered.

When working in teams, learners can collaborate from anywhere in the world – whether they’re in the same room or continents apart, anyone can work together to practice team-based patient care.

While price varies, adopting virtual reality in nursing can reduce time, equipment, and costs associated with simulation. One case study found that using OMS led to a 74% reduction in time and equipment costs compared to traditional simulation methods. 

Other studies have shown similar findings, noting that VR simulation requires 22% less time and is 40% less expensive compared to physical simulation. A cost-utility analysis conducted by Haerling demonstrated the cost-utility ratio of virtual simulation to be $1.08 compared to physical simulation at $3.62 – the paper also found that while less expensive, VR ultimately delivered the same learning and performance outcomes as physical simulation.

Yes! Depending on the learner level and objectives, different modalities allow for various levels of interaction in the simulation.

For example, a communication-based scenario allows the learner and the virtual patient to have a real conversation, leaving the simulation very open-ended for learners to build communication skills. Other scenarios allow for menu-based interaction or more hands-on interactivity for procedural skills. 

All OMS scenarios are customizable through the no-code authoring platform, OMS Create. Common uses for the platform include: adjusting feedback or scoring, changing the level of difficulty, or changing the virtual patient’s physiology.

Scenarios can be made specific to an institution, allowing uploading of facility-specific information, documents, or protocols. Large changes, like changing the flow of a scenario or aligning one scenario with a different set of learning objectives, can also be done through OMS Create.

Those are just a handful of ways to tailor scenarios using OMS Create – the possibilities are endless!

At OMS, scenarios are created by an in-house team of Clinical Authors who are clinicians, simulationists, and educators with a wealth of experience in healthcare education and direct patient care.

Clinical Authors use best practice guidelines to ensure alignment with standards of care, and all OMS scenarios undergo a rigorous peer review process to ensure a scenario is ready for release. 

Rest assured that your OMS Educational Specialist and Customer Success representatives will work with you every step of the way to ensure a smooth transition process as you add VR into your program.

They will work with you from the early stages of curriculum mapping to collaborating on an onboarding and implementation plan, and they will continue to check in with you and provide support as you build out your VR program, well after you’ve started running your VR nursing simulations.

The OMS platform is a comprehensive learning tool that logs and tracks data for both learners and educators.

Learners will receive immediate feedback following a scenario with areas of strength and improvements alongside evidence-based rationale.

Educators are able to access individual or cohort-based data to identify trends and remediate knowledge gaps.

With the Competency Mapping & Tracking feature, data can be even more specific, bridging theory and practice by logging actions taken in scenarios and aligning them with the core components of a given competency framework.

With over 240 clinical scenarios (and counting!), the OMS platform provides access to scenarios across learner levels and specialty areas.

Libraries include VR nursing simulations for areas including: maternal care, pediatrics, emergencies, community health, communication skills, procedures, and more – learn more about the breadth of OMS scenarios here.

Are you ready to bring OMS to your institution?