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Exploring the application of mixed reality in Nurse education
  1. Jane Frost1,
  2. Lori Delaney1,2,
  3. Robert Fitzgerald3
  1. 1 Nursing & Midwifery, University of Canberra Faculty of Health, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  2. 2 Nursing & Midwifery, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  3. 3 Charles Darwin University, Casuarina, Darwin, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jane Frost, Nursing & Midwifery, University of Canberra Faculty of Health, Canberra, ACT 2617, Australia; jane.frost{at}


The aim of this study was to explore the contemporary application, inclusive of advantages and challenges, of mixed reality (MR) technology in the education of nursing students and, its contribution to enhanced learning. A descriptive evaluation design was undertaken to explore the learning experience of second year students enrolled in a 3 year Bachelor of Nursing programme. One hundred per cent of the students stated that the experience assisted them in their learning. The key themes of engagement in learning, and developing clinical judgement emerged from students’ responses, and demonstrated ways in which students felt MR enhanced their learning. This emerging technology has the potential to assist in enhancing clinical judgement and developing skills in noticing physical cues in patients. The implementation of MR may also enhance student motivation and engagement with learning.

  • experiential learning
  • hololens
  • visual learning
  • nurse education
  • mixed reality
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  • Contributors All three authors meet the following: Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content. Final approval of the version published. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval The study was approved by the University of Canberra’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC 17 – 134) .

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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