Shadow Health's Mental Health course provides students with the opportunity to engage with a set of patients struggling with different mental health conditions.



Abigail Harris, 86, is brought to the ED by her son, who reports that she is lethargic and not herself. She reports feeling weak and sleepy. Ms. Harris has a history of depression, and she takes medication for it. The student takes a health history and performs a depression screening.

QSEN Co-Author:
Aniko Kukla, DNP, RN
Quality Manager
Salinas Memorial Health System

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Mental Health and Gerontology - Developed in Partnership with the QSEN Institute

QSEN Institute

The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses(QSEN) Institute has partnered with Shadow Health to infuse QSEN Competencies into the Digital Clinical Experience™.

The QSEN Institute advises and lends expertise to the Shadow Health team as they build virtual patient simulations for all courses across the Graduate and Undergraduate curriculum.

Click here to view the QSEN faculty partners who co-authored the Mental Health and Gerontology Digital Clinical Experience patient case.

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American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Baccalaureate Essentials

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Accreditation Essentials

Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing / Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières

National Nursing Education Framework

National League for Nursing

CNEA Accreditation Standards


Shadow Health has been a very helpful and a welcome addition to the online LPN to BSN curriculum. The product is flexible, easy to use for both faculty and students, and has great customer support. The Shadow Health scenarios have allowed us to verify student outcomes utilizing standard clinical scenarios which are not always available in a clinical situation.

Andreas Kummerow / Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana

I completely enjoy the patient conversations, because it has you ask a variety of questions. It really challenges you to think critically.

ADN Student / Daytona State College

Great experience which will improve student activities and relationship with patients.

ADN Student / College of the Mainland

I teach in the practical nursing program and have used Shadow Health for two years with good results with my students. Shadow Health provides opportunities for my students to practice their skills safely in realistic mental health scenarios with their virtual SIM patients. Students practice the therapeutic communication, physical and mental health assessment, and health education. Students do this on their own time and I have noticed their skills improve the more time they spend practicing their skills with the Shadow Health Mental Health modules. Shadow Health Mental Health modules fills the vacuum created due to the lack of inpatient or outpatient mental health hospitals or clinics willing to accept practical nursing students for their practicum placement.

Cera Kim-Sunada, RN, MSN, APRN / Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu Hawaii

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