OpenRN: Virtual Nursing Simulations

A library of virtual simulations is being developed to complement 5 OER Nursing textbooks, collaboratively written with faculty from Wisconsin Technical Colleges and reviewed by statewide nursing faculty, deans, healthcare alliance members, and other industry representatives.

Acadicus is a completely customizable multiplayer virtual sim lab that provides the content and tools needed to conduct live or pre-recorded virtual simulations.  

Live Simulation

These simulations are conducted live, where students are joined by instructors, sim techs and/or standardized patient actors using the Multiplayer feature. <learn more>

Simulation Manager

Similar to the control room in a traditional sim lab, instructors and sim techs can use this dashboard to manipulate patient vital signs, animations and other scene variables (imaging and lab results, alarms, etc.).  <learn more>


An OpenRN scene template can be used as-is, or customized and remixed to align with curriculum using the Scene Editing Tools in an Acadicus Pro Space.

Scenarios 1-7: Cardiac Med Administration

Alignment with Courses: Pharmacology – Cardiac Meds; Skills – Administer Medications; Fundamentals – Communication an
d Cognitive and Sensory Deficits

Overview of Scenarios: In a long-term care room, student must obtain vitals and appropriately administer cardiac medications with
different patient conditions: furosemide 20 PO mg daily; metoprolol 25 mg PO daily; lisinopril 20
mg PO daily; Cardizem LA 180 mg PO daily.

Collaborators and Contributors

The OpenRN project is led by Chippewa Valley Technical College, and the textbooks are being collaboratively written with faculty from Wisconsin technical colleges. The books will be reviewed by statewide nursing faculty, deans, healthcare alliance members, and other industry representatives to ensure the content is current and accurate.

The OER Nursing textbooks are written based on the State Nursing curriculum established by the Wisconsin Technical College System, and include: Pharmacology, Skills, Nursing Fundamentals, Mental Health & Community Concepts, and Management & Professional Concepts.

Become a Contributor / Collaborator

Send us a note to inquire about how you can contribute to or expand development of this simulation.

Acadicus Info / Demo Request

Do you have access to an Oculus Rift, Oculus Rift S or Oculus-ready PC+Quest via Link cable?

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