Online simulated clinical experiences in mental health nursing practice
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Online simulated clinical experiences in mental health nursing practice

Annette Lane Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada
Lynn Corcoran Programme Director, Bachelor of Nursing Curriculum and Regulatory Affairs, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada
Adrienne Weare Academic Coordinator, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada
Beth Perry Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University, Alberta

Securing mental health clinical placements for nursing students in Canada is becoming more difficult due to several factors, including increased student enrolments. To address this challenge, the authors designed an online clinical mental health course, for a Post-Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Bachelor of Nursing (BN) programme, using Adobe Connect. This article describes the development and implementation of the first version of the course, and the educational underpinnings of the initiative. It also discusses the challenges encountered during the project and students' evaluation of the course.

Correspondence alane@athabascau.ca

Mental Health Practice. 21, 2,13-17. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1213

Received: 08 March 2017

Accepted: 22 May 2017

Published in print: 11 October 2017

Conflict Of Interest

None declared

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