Pediatric dosage calculations for undergraduate nursing students using digital-physical reality

Published:August 24, 2022DOI:
      Accurately calculating safe dosages for medications is an essential skill for every nurse. Although new nurse graduates are hired for pediatric settings, they may be unprepared to safely administer medications to children due to limited experience offered during pediatric clinical rotations. To bridge this gap, undergraduate nursing and new graduate orientation programs can design simulated experiences that contextualize pediatric medication calculations and provide a safe environment for students to practice and learn from mistakes. Our nursing program provided a safe space for student learning by developing a digital-physical reality (DPR) activity. Essentially, DPR is the merging of the physical world with the digital world. For this activity, students were physically present in the lab space, working with their peers to complete psychomotor skills while using digital tools to view videos and work through scenarios. The purpose of this column is to describe the DPR activity and the use of technology. In addition, how the DPR activity supports student learning in all three learning domains (cognitive, psychomotor, and affective) will be presented, along with the implications for how the DPR activity can promote safe pediatric medication administration practice.
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