Programs – Center for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation

Immersive Learning

MSN (Masters Entry Into Nursing)

Immersive LearningThe Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Masters Entry into Nursing is a five-semester program that includes didactic and clinical experiences. The clinical experiences include traditional supervised clinical and simulation. The clinical simulations are run by a dedicated team of simulation experts who ensure the quality, integrity, and relevancy of simulation exercises in the context of our rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. To increase fidelity of the learning experiences, the simulation sessions employ technologies that are equivalent to what our students employ in their clinical settings. This includes a variety of “patients” in the scenarios. We have high fidelity manikins that breath, open and close eyes, have palpable pulses, breathe sounds and bowel sounds. We also use very high-fidelity standardized patients or actors when appropriate such as in psychiatric scenarios. To provide key OB experiences we utilize birthing and newborn manikins. We also have infant and toddler manikins to facilitate pediatric experiences. The specific simulation scenarios utilized are designed to complement course objectives. For instance, in the first level med/surg course, Common Health Alterations, the scenarios focus on patient safety, communication, recognition of changes in patient status, and mobility. In the third level med/surg course, Complex Health Alterations, the focus shifts to more complex health issues; sepsis, airway emergencies, trauma and bleeding, surgical complications, and organ donation.


Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation Practice


Immersive Learning: Virtual Simulation & VRImmersive Learning: Virtual Simulation & VR

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has implemented multiple innovative technology solutions to engage learners. We have established a large-scale virtual simulation program including screen-based simulation and fully immersive virtual reality (VR) curriculum across all the programs at the school. This curriculum encompasses all the elements of simulation standards of best practice.




Telepresence Robots

Telepresence RobotsIn order to facilitate distant simulations a device utilized for a telepresence allows the end user to control and interact with the on-site simulation.  The use of a device such as Double Robotics allows for a hybrid classroom experience for both on-line and in-person students which promotes the ability for nurses to continue to work and pursue an advanced education.  Promoting an on-line experience allows for growth of advanced practice programs and increases the of potential nurse faculty.  Furthermore, utilizing a device that allows the end user/learner to participate in simulations taking place on-site allows for the expansion of IPE and improving communication skills.





Immersive LearningImmersive Learning: DNP-Advanced Practice Simulation Programs

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has developed a full-scale simulation curriculum for all the DNP Advanced Practice programs. The DNP-AP program utilizes high-fidelity mannequins, procedural training with task trainers, virtual simulation, VR, standardized patients (SP), and objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs).  Further, the DNP-AP program provides distance learning and onsite immersions. These immersions provide the students the opportunity to train with the faculty and students from across the country.

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Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation Research

Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation Research

The Center for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation is proud to serve as a cutting-edge research center that utilizes a human factors and systems engineering approach to revolutionize the science of patient safety and the quality of care. With a focus on vulnerable individuals, such as those at risk for central line-associated blood stream infections, the center is dedicated to leveraging innovative intervention strategies, including virtual simulation, virtual reality, augmented reality, and robotics, to enhance the effectiveness of interdisciplinary interventions.

At the core of the center’s success is a robust collaboration with several Johns Hopkins schools, including the School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the Armstrong Institute, and the Patient and Family Advisory Council. This interdisciplinary approach fosters a dynamic environment that nurtures a variety of perspectives and generates innovative solutions to complex healthcare challenges. The Center for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation’s is funded by the prestigious Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a Patient Safety Learning Lab. This funding enables the center to continue advancing patient safety through the use of design, systems engineering, and health services research.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Beyond its remarkable resources, the center is dedicated to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion values into all aspects of its work. This commitment reflects the center’s deep belief that excellence in research is inseparable from a commitment to fairness, equity, and inclusion. In summary, the Center for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation is a vital resource that generates new knowledge and translates evidence into practice. With its focus on patient safety and its innovative use of cutting-edge technologies, this research center represents a crucial step forward in improving the quality of healthcare for all.