Queen’s University Belfast and Focus Games Launch Game for Evidence-Based Nursing Training in India

March 07 18:36 2023

Nurse educators from Queen’s University Belfast and India collaborated with Focus Games, a leading game development studio with offices in the UK and India, to create an educational game for training nurses in evidence-based practice.

The Evidence-Based Nursing game, was launched in an online event in association with the Clinical Nursing Research Society North Zone, attended by over 250 nurse educators and academics from across India.

Evidence-based nursing is an approach that integrates the latest scientific evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences into clinical decision-making to improve patient care outcomes. Self-directed learning is an essential component of evidence-based nursing practice.

Dr Neerja Sood, Asst. Professor of Nursing at IGNOU, shared her insights on enhancing self-directed learning abilities among nursing students. Dr Sood said. ‘students have varying study skills , teacher need to guide and mentor each student from the beginning for them to be successful.’ She also said that ‘nursing students need to develop self-directed learning skills’.

Prof Latha Venkatesan, President of CNRS North Zone, spoke about the need for innovative methods to demonstrate that students have acquired competencies outlined in the recently implemented competency-based nursing curriculum in India.  She emphasized the effectiveness of game-based learning in engaging students and facilitating collaborative learning through discussions and sharing of knowledge.

Queen’s University Belfast has pioneered several game-learning initiatives, including the Evidence-based Nursing game. Already widely used by nursing student across the UK. Dr Garry Mitchell from Queen’s University Belfast shared his reflections on the development of the game and thanked  Prof Latha Venkatesan for her expert review for its use in India.  Dr Mitchell expressed his eagerness to collaborate further with nurse educators in India to create learning resources that can inspire nursing students to excel in developing competencies.

Melvin Bell, Founder Director of Focus Games, highlighted the importance of evidence-based practice (EBP) in nursing education and the relevance of the Evidence-Based Nursing game in instilling passion and confidence among students. Evidence-based practice has a direct link to the quality of patient care.

To support the adoption of evidence-based practice in nurse education, Focus Games is organizing a series of webinars and training sessions in association with Clinical Nursing Research Society (CNRS), North Zone, India.

The Evidence-Based Nursing game is available on www.evidence-basednursing.com  , with the first module available for free exploration and the full version available at Rs. 495.

About Focus Games:

Focus Games is a global leader in game-based learning in healthcare. Since 2004 they have developed over 200 games that make teaching in healthcare more effective and enjoyable. These games deal with a wide range of subjects. No external support or training is required and anyone can facilitate a game, including students.

Their games are content-rich, subject-specific, competency-focused and evidence-based. They are used by healthcare providers and universities across the world to make teaching and training more engaging and effective.



Editor notes:

Evidence-based nursing is an approach to nursing that involves the integration of the latest scientific evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences in clinical decision-making to provide the best possible care to patients. This approach is founded on the belief that clinical practice should be based on sound evidence and not solely on traditional practices or opinions. The goal of evidence-based nursing is to improve patient care outcomes by using the best available evidence to inform clinical decisions.

Dr Neerja Sood is Asst Prof of Nursing at School of Health Science IGNOU.

She is the Chairperson of research committee of CNRS and its founder member. With over 22 years’ experience in public health, she has been involved with the curriculum planning and implementation of nursing program through distance mode in IGNOU She is a PhD supervisor, evaluator and examiner for PhD and MPH programs at IGNOU. Dr Sood was the first registrar of Delhi Nursing Council and consultant to various universities and health departments. She received the Nursing Scholar Society Lifetime achievement award in 2021.

Prof Latha Venkatesan is the President of Clinical Nursing Research Society North Zone and Principal of College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Multi award winning nurse educator with over three decades of experience in nursing which span from bedside to leadership roles. An inspiring nurse educator, who is involved with multiple academic organizations and universities, in India and abroad. She is the core committee member of NABH for developing Nursing excellence standards. Education committee member of Indian Nursing Council, Leadership for change fellow by International Council of Nurse and member of  multiple inter-governmental committees.

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