Pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, and family health care are the topics of one of the main fo-cuses of nursing education at the Bern Centre of Higher Education in Nursing. The range of these topics is indeed very wide, so it is necessary to focus on the core topics. One of the ap-proaches is a newly released e-book that focuses on the practical skills of future pediatric nurses. A specific part of the e-book (chapter: “pregnancy”) is offered in combination with
patient situations in virtual reality. This combination allows students to learn the theory in an e-book with automatic access to an online platform to learn the practical actions with a Virtual Reality Head-Motion-Set.
Students work with the e-book on specific cases on the topic of
• Pregnancy, birth (based on the skill mix between midwives and nurses).
• Postpartum care (with a separate chapter on postpartum depression).
• Infants/child health/care
• Family (e.g., Calgary model)
• Women's health (some diagnostic/nursing topics).
The principles and advantages of a "hybrid e-book" are
• more detailed and updated information can be accessed directly through appropriate links
• there is a possibility to consider a book as a kind of "stable backbone" - including
further knowledge in its evolving digital networks
• topics to be taught can be displayed directly in 3D - such as an anatomy atlas
(visiblebody.com). A topographical perspective is by the way crucial when acquiring knowledge about the development of pregnancy.
The patient situations in virtual reality are deepened by means of two different diagnoses.
• Hyperemesis Gravidarum
In virtual reality, the students could query and control sequences of action, including the moni-toring of the two patients, and of course the corresponding patient data.
This VR experiment is in its initial stages and is intended to become a routine simulation-based task.
The discussion to be established revolves around the "learning success" in the virtual reality environment of the two diagnoses mentioned above.