Engage students with conversation-based learning
Shadow Health’s patient cases are designed for students to practice communicating with and examining their virtual patients, as well as providing them the opportunity to document their findings, all while synthesizing the data and information they have discovered during the interaction.
In each pharmacology scenario, nursing students use their growing knowledge of pharmacology, and learn how to think critically at every stage of patient interaction. The patients whom students work with are just as complex as the ones they will care for in clinicals, and will help increase confidence and familiarity with medications that are common in professional practice. As they get to know each patient--from their medical conditions to their personalities--students will be able to apply pharmacological principles through interactive learning that goes far beyond thought exercises and multiple choice questions.
In each patient scenario, students apply pharmacological principles through interactive learning that goes far beyond thought exercises and multiple choice questions.
Students practice the medication administration process, building on experiences and understanding of course content as they work up to a complex patient case. As students complete each patient scenario, they establish mental models that will translate to real world practice and develop critical thinking skills to improve patient safety.
Through Shadow Health's Concept Labs, students explore common disease states and the medications used to treat them. For each key therapeutic class, students visualize the mechanism of action and intended as well as unintended effects. These Concept Labs are flexible learning tools full of rich visuals and animations, as well as dynamic comprehension checks. There are currently three Concept Labs available in the Pharmacology DCE -- Anti-Asthmatics, Antihypertensives, and Antidiabetics.
Each medication math activity increases patient safety by improving student competency in medication calculation. Students solve medication calculation questions that relate to medications ordered in the Basic, Intermediate, and Complex patient scenarios.
Shadow Health provides immediate feedback to students, which includes two-strike scoring and worked examples for each question.
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These scenarios have helped me a lot. I can tell I have improved a lot more since my first attempt. I am elaborating more on specific medications, explaining to the patient why he is taking it and how it is going to help, I am following correct procedure, and most importantly making sure my patient is safe.Pharmacology Student / Western Connecticut University
I definitely need to remember how to deliver therapeutic communication as well as administering drugs. Sometimes, I can forget to use that communication because I'm so focused on the task. I think reading the model statements was very helpful to pinpoint what I should've done.Pharmacology Student / Xavier University
My performance improved just by the fact that I did this shadow health. Some of the things, I have never done before! As for my whole nursing practice, this shadow health has taught me how to do vital nursing practices. Now I just need to practice more!Pharmacology Student / Xavier University