Engage students with conversation-based learning
Digital Clinical Experiences™ provide a safe, standardized environment that allows students to build the confidence necessary to provide therapeutic communication and effectively handle high-stakes interactions with patients who present with a range of mental health conditions. These Digital Clinical Experiences are powered by our conversation engine and assessed using our proprietary Student Performance Index™.
Interview:Utilizing our natural language conversation engine, students engage in open-ended conversations to gather subjective data and practice patient-centered communication.
Examine:Students perform tests and use instruments to gather physical assessment findings and understand the major manifestations of different mental health disorders.
Document:Students synthesize their findings and compare their work to an exemplar's model note.
Learn:Students engage in debriefing immediately following every assignment, and are given feedback on the discrete components of clinical reasoning measured by our Student Performance Index.
Nicole Diaz, 48, visits the VA clinic to establish primary care. She reports issues with sleep, weight gain, and chronic pain. Students must recognize the major manifestations of PTSD by applying concepts from her health history and physical assessment findings.
Rachel Adler, 20, is taken to the ED following a one-car crash in which she was driving under the influence. She reveals she may be a harm to herself, which cause an admit to the psychiatric floor. The student sees Ms. Adler the next day to take a health history and ask questions from the CAGE assessment.
Abigail Harris, 86, is brought to the ED by her son, who reports that she is lethargic and not herself. She reports feeling week and sleepy. Ms. Harris has a history of depression, and she takes medication for it. The student takes a health history and performs a depression screening.
John Larsen, 48, goes to the ED with what he believes are potential symptoms of a heart attack. After emergency and cardiovascular issues are ruled out, the student takes a health history and does an anxiety screening.
Eric Ford, 28, is admitted to the psychiatric floor after presenting in the ED with hallucinations. He has a history of schizophrenia, and has been off medications for 5 days. The student takes a health history and performs an AIMS assessment.
Measure Clinical Reasoning
Shadow Health has developed and validated the first conceptual framework to operationalize cliinical reasoning within virtual patient simulations.
This innovative framework includes six discrete components of clinical reasoning: Subjective Data Collection, Objective Data Collection, Therapeutic Communication, Documentation, Information Processing, and Self-Reflection.
Shadow Health's Student Performance Index provides both you and your students with the immediate, detailed feedback necessary to accurately identify areas of strength and opportunities for remediation.
Map student actions to QSEN competencies
The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute has partnered with Shadow Health to infuse QSEN competencies into the Digital Clinical Experiences.
The QSEN Institute advises and lends expertise to the Shadow Health team as they build virtual patient simulations for all courses across the Graduate and Undergraduate curriculum.
Students need direct care experience while they are learning so that they can understand the complexities of health problems and how these manifest in specialized populations of geriatric and mental health patients. Shadow Health provides an interactive platform for learners to develop skill with assessment, diagnosing, and implementing a plan of care framed with the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies. This well-rounded experience contributes to learners' understanding of appropriate patient care as well as quality and safety strategies, preparing them to be strong advocates for both in today's nursing workforce.Dr. Gerry Altmiller / QSEN Consultant and Associate Professor at the College of New Jersey