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Anthony Ellertson hosts nursing faculty and officials from Japan

Anthony Ellertson, director and clinical associate professor of the Games, Interactive Media and Mobile program in the College of Innovation and Design, will host nursing faculty and officials from the School of Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences at Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on campus on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

They will travel to Boise to learn more about Boise State’s Nursing Virtual Reality project, which helps nursing students practice complex medical procedures through a virtual game. The Japanese group will also visit Norco to meet with Karen Brietkreuz, who is working with Ellertson on the project.

Since August, the program has hosted visitors from more than a dozen schools from across the U.S. and Australia and has worked from a distance with several others, said Ellertson.

“We have now firmly established the international field trial for the Nursing VR project which will wrap up this June with its initial data gathering,” Ellertson said. “Initial results have been coming in from a few schools and we have very positive reviews for the game.”

The next phase will be creating a consortium of nursing schools, researchers and industry partners, he said.