A Virtual Learning Environment for Perioperative Continuing Nursing Education
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Exploring new worlds and creative approaches to delivering continuing education is an adventure worth taking! The basic requirement of content that advances the skills and abilities of the registered nurse (RN) can be met in a number of ways. What is clear though is that continuing education is most effective when the experience fully engages learners, expands their skills and knowledge, provides expert information and opportunity for networking, and entices them to learn more. This article describes how a virtual-world learning environment (Second Life, or SL) was used as a venue for an interactive and creative continuing education activity and the positive outcomes that were achieved for the participants.