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Shadow Health

Preparing your students to be practice-ready

Unfolding simulated patient scenarios that support teaching and practice readiness

With the realities of increasingly complex healthcare environments, new nurses may experience multiple pressures as they transition to practice – from limited exposure to diverse patients and conditions, to preparedness for clinical practice and difficulties making decisions about patient care. Using realistic, screen-based Digital Clinical Experiences, Shadow Health empowers students to practice essential nursing skills in a safe and high-fidelity simulated environment. With use cases applicable to the classroom, home, simulation lab and clinical placement environments, Shadow Health allows students to practice and apply their clinical reasoning skills through life-like interactions with a diverse cast of Australian and New Zealand virtual patients. Built from the ground up with a team of clinical, cultural, and educational experts across Australia and New Zealand, and aligned to the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council and the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s standards, Shadow Health offers a culturally safe environment for students to provide culturally safe care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori patients.

Introducing Shadow Health

Explore Shadow Health

Concept Labs: With concept labs covering cardiovascular, abdominal, and respiratory health assessments, students learn and apply contextual knowledge that will better prepare them for their patient assessments. Concept labs are a safe environment to practice skills, such as listening to abnormal lung sounds, before applying them to a virtual health assessment scenario. Patient Assignments: A safe, easy to access virtual environment where students perform interviews and physical assessments of increasing complexity, practise documentation and demonstrate their clinical reasoning skills.

Meet our diverse cast of Australian and New Zealand Patients

Anthony Miller

Australian Health History

Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller

Nikau Kahoro

Māori, New Zealander Cardiovascular Assessment

Nikau Kahoro

Nikau Kahoro

Allyra Watts

First Nations Australian, Wiradjuri Abdominal Assessment

Allyra Watts

Allyra Watts

Emma Chen

New Zealander Respiratory Assesment

Emma Chen

Emma Chen

How Shadow Health supports nursing students
Communication skills

Through realistic conversation-based interactions, students communicate naturally with patients using their own words, helping them to improve critical therapeutic communication skills.

Communication skills

Communication skills

Emphasis on empathy and education

Each virtual patient scenario will have specific therapeutic outcomes and students will be scored on their ability to recognise when to empathise with the patient or educate them to close gaps in health literacy.

Emphasis on empathy and education

Emphasis on empathy and education

Self-directed learning

After each clinical experience, students get real-time performance feedback to improve their clinical reasoning skills, helping them quickly identify any knowledge gaps.

Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning

Culturally safe nursing

Students engage with patients with diverse representation that they may not see in the clinical setting, facilitating culturally safe nursing care.

Culturally safe nursing

Culturally safe nursing

How Shadow Health supports nursing faculty

Reporting & Analytics Track student performance with data-driven insights - at both the individual and cohort levels. Through the Practice Readiness Dashboard, you have the ability to monitor your course's performance, and track your students' performance and engagement across all assignments.

Flexible Integration into your curriculum

Shadow Health can supplement your curriculum in a wide array of settings to bridge theory and practice, from flipped classroom resources before face-to-face clinical or lab experiences, to in-class resources to support student engagement in lab settings.

Educational Equity

Give your students exposure to the same set of patient cases, ensuring educational equity regardless of their clinical placement allocation.

Meet Our Team of clinical, cultural, and educational experts

Alison Barnes

RN, DipAppSci (Nursing), BN Wiradjuri, Associate Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University

Julie Bowen-Withington

RN, RM, PhD, MAHlthSci  (Nursing), PGDipED, Grad Cert Fam CommHlth, BAppSc (Nursing), Dip Tchg (Tert) Course Leader BNFW740 & BNTR701, Principal Nursing Lecturer, Te Pūkenga Ara Institute of Canterbury

Leeanne Heaton

MACN, PhD, MSc (Midwifery), BClinPrac (Paramedic), BN Deputy Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University

Kayla Cartledge

Gurindji BCom, BProperty & Real Estate Aboriginal Communities – Engagement Lead Centre to Impact AMR, Monash University Co-founder, Our Songlines Local Lead, SENVIC

Cindy Hoang

RN, BSc, MNP, GCHE Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University

Mereana Rapata-Hanning

RN, MN, PGDip N, Grad Ct.TLT, Cert. Mata a Ao Māori Ngati Kurī, Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi Principal Lecturer, Programme Leader NZDEN, Te Kura Tapuhi School of Nursing, Te Pukenga Otago Polytechnic

Darren Rewi

BAppMgt, Kaumatua/Elder, Ngai Tahu, Ngati Kahungungu Owner, Take Tuia Limited, Chairperson, Queenstown Lakes District Council Welcoming Communities - Migrant, Newcomers and Vulnerable communities

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