The IDEA Hub used 360° cameras to capture images within hospitals and clinics to allow nursing students to experience the environment in which they will be working. With IDEA Hub interns working in Unity, expanded environments were created where these students could not only view one area within the clinical environment but move to other areas including exam and hospital rooms. It also allowed the creation of rooms where students could explore what was located in the room including cabinets. In addition, activities could be created where students must determine what might be out-of-place/wrong with the room. This has been used extensively by Creighton nursing faculty to assist students in preparing for their clinical experiences.
Having heard about the success of the photospheres for wayfinding for nursing, students in the medical program voiced their interest as well. Mark Panning’s team expanded the project to include needs for them. This provides those new to the medical field and/or specific healthcare facilities, with an introduction to the area, improving their ability to navigate through the building. Healthcare professionals also learn the locations of equipment and procedure areas, easing the transition to new jobs.