Acquisition of Fire Safety Knowledge and Skills with Virtual Reality Simulation

Kelly L. Rossler, Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, Adrianne Duvall

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Background Prelicensure nursing students seeking to enter perioperative nursing need preparatory fire safety knowledge and skills training to participate as a member of an operating room (OR) team. Purpose This pilot study examined the effectiveness of the Virtual Electrosurgery Skill Trainer (VEST) on OR fire safety skills among prelicensure nursing students. Methods An experimental pretest-posttest design was used in this study. Twenty nursing students were randomized to a control or an intervention group. Knowledge and skills acquisition of OR fire safety were assessed. Results There were no statistically significant findings in knowledge for either group. Fisher exact test demonstrated significant relationships between the skills performance criteria of following emergency procedures for a fire and demonstrating PASS (pull-aim-squeeze-sweep) technique (P =.001). Conclusions Academic and hospital educators may consider incorporating virtual reality simulation to teach fire safety education or reinforce general fire safety practices to nursing students and novice nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-92
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Educator
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Virtual Electrosurgery Skill Trainer (VEST)
  • fire safety
  • nursing education
  • operating room fire safety
  • perioperative nursing
  • virtual reality simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • LPN and LVN


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