In the highly innovative virtual reality modality New Zealand and Australian nursing students 'stand in the shoes' with the rural community people of Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, UK as they study and help address the community's mental health and social isolation needs. Being physically so remote to their target group enables these students to remain completely objective, yet through Virtual Reality gain a realistic understanding of the rural community context. This results in focused solutions and resources to the community's wellbeing needs.
The provision of healthcare within rural contexts remains a global challenge. Exposing nurse learners within these rural contexts is paramount for the future endeavors of rural health care. In parallel to these encounters and the residents who experience rural health issues are the similarities across the globe which we have been able to showcase between New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom. This project involved virtual connections between two international student nurse learners who were able to assess aspects of mental health issues and cultural differences amongst the youth associated with New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom. Aspects of this project was virtual presentations undertaken by both sets of nurse learners and feedback from the rural community in the United Kingdom.
Presentation will include:
Description of partnering universities/institutions
Global Rural Encounters
Project Aims & Objectives
CHASE Model in Action
Project Evaluation using the CIPP Evaluation Model
Professor Jean Ross, New Zealand