Pulse XR: Revolutionising Healthcare Assistance with Virtual Reality


What we did

In the realm of healthcare education, where the stakes are inherently high, the Waterford and Wexford Educational Training Board (WWETB) has taken a pioneering step forward. Embracing the forefront of technology, WWETB introduced "Pulse XR," a cutting-edge teaching, learning and assessment virtual reality app for healthcare professionals in collaboration with Emagine, a leader in immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences. This app is set to transform how healthcare students in Ireland learn, practice and perfect their clinical skills in a risk-free, immersive environment.

From Concept to Virtual Reality

The inception of Pulse XR was driven by a shared vision: to transcend traditional learning boundaries and offer healthcare assistant students a deeply engaging, highly effective educational tool. Emagine, known for its innovative approach to VR, was the perfect partner to bring this vision to life. Leveraging decades of expertise in digital storytelling and VR technology, Emagine embarked on this ambitious project with a clear goal: to create an immersive learning experience that would not only educate but also inspire future nurses.

Collaboration at the Heart of Innovation

Critical to the success of Pulse XR was the close collaboration between Emagine's team and the WWETB. Central to this partnership were the insights and expertise of a seasoned instructional designer and a healthcare assistant trainer with many years of experience in the field. Their  contributions ensured that the VR experience was not only technically accurate but also pedagogically sound, catering specifically to the unique needs of healthcare assistance students.

Together, the team meticulously crafted scenarios that mirrored real-life nursing challenges, from routine patient care to emergency response. This collaboration extended to working hand-in-hand with the client team, refining and perfecting the material to ensure it met the highest educational standards.

The Pulse XR Experience: Immersive, Interactive, and Impactful

Pulse XR offers an unparalleled immersive experience that transports healthcare assistance students into a virtual hospital setting. Here, they encounter a variety of patient care scenarios, each designed to hone their clinical skills, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities. The VR environment is meticulously detailed, replicating the sights, sounds, and even the stress of a real-world clinical setting, but without the risk of harm to actual patients.

Safety is paramount in the Pulse XR experience. The virtual environment provides a secure space for students to practice and learn from mistakes, fostering a culture of confidence and competence. This aspect is particularly beneficial in preparing students for high-pressure situations they will face in their healthcare assistance careers.

A Model for the Future of Healthcare Education

The success of Pulse XR with the WWETB has not  revolutionised healthcare assistance training in Ireland and set a new benchmark for healthcare education. By leveraging the power of VR, Emagine and WWETB have demonstrated that it is possible to create an engaging, effective, and safe learning environment that prepares students for the challenges of modern nursing.

As Pulse XR continues to evolve, it stands as a testament to the possibilities that emerge when technology meets education. It showcases how immersive digital experiences can enrich learning, making complex skills accessible and engaging for the healthcare professionals of tomorrow.


Waterford and Wexford, Ireland


February 8, 2024


Waterford Wexford Educational Training Board


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