What's in a Name? Clarifying the Nomenclature of Virtual Simulation

Robyn Cant, Simon Cooper, Roland Sussex, Fiona Bogossian

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Clinical simulation is an essential component of health professional education. Digital technologies can provide students with near-reality, interactive virtual simulation learning experiences on static and mobile appliances. Clarification is needed, however, regarding the various types of virtual simulation and the different program components. We drew on published literature to define virtual simulation modalities and to offer definitive terminology to clarify the nomenclature and composition of virtual simulation. Reporting should include description of ‘Fidelity’ ‘Immersion’ and ‘Patient’ to add clarity and utility to research in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • clinical learning
  • education
  • health care
  • immersive learning
  • simulation
  • students
  • virtual patients
  • virtual reality
  • virtual simulation

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