The project addresses the complexity of care with its aspects of uncertainty in decision making, which will be experienced by the nursing students through individualized communication, dealing with emotion and different application of a standardized procedure to patients with diverse needs. Through VR, the students will be able to experience the action of a situation rather than reflecting on the action. Thus, a deep level of clinical competency can be trained combined with addressing the human component of individual reaction to the very same intervention. The different project partners will bring their expertise together to develop an underlying pedagogical concept, which guides a transnational agreement for scenario-based learning within virtual nursing environments.

With the development of a pedagogic concept for VR-supported learning situations we will deliver added value for the learner and for the educator. The pedagogic concept leads to theoretical, well-grounded modules in nursing education which are open for the complexity of care. Here we want to widely share VR-supported scenarios and support an enhanced practical orientation in nursing education. Furthermore, the project intends to introduce educators to VR-technology: An easy introduction that will help educators practice and try out VR and have their first experiences with VR-supported learning scenarios that will be supported by well written and detailed documented handbooks. The project will also produce open framework for VR-learning scenarios: with the software we intend to make it easier to create VR scenarios, letting educational developers focus more on the content and not so much on the technology side. Thus, we intend to support greater use of VR in vocational education. This special approach on authentic, multi-perspective scenarios within complex work situations of person-centred professions is unique so far. It fosters the understanding and acceptance of the need for scenario-based nursing education.