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Q4. Technology has proven to be a great asset in improving healthcare delivery. It has also proven to be an asset in the education of new nurses, expanding the range of ways in which nurses can be exposed to the profession. As well as hands-on simulations with computers, large portions of nursing education have been shifted online. Nurses can engage in continuing education, bolstering their credentials as the market demands by going to school online at night while still working during the day.
Online learning allows nurses to experience simulated stressful environments without endangering real patients. Given the risks posed by lawsuits to institutions, the need for a safe space for students to make mistakes is critical. Of course, "a major limitation of simulation is the fidelity; no matter how high the fidelity is, it is not real .It is often impossible to imitate actual physiological signs or symptoms" (Hicks et al. 2009: 4). Particularly in the later years of nursing education, no high-fidelity simulation can replicate clinical experiences. However, high-fidelity simulation can act as an important preparation for a residency's rigors, as well as the first year of the nurse in actual practice. Although the technology may be costly, the costs of an unprepared nurse are even greater.