Yesterday, for nursing, I had to go into this computer lab to do a nutritional assessment on this person online.
Now before I get ahead of myself, let me explain what Second Life is, which is the program I used. I believe it’s some sort of .. virtual world game. But, I don’t understand it, and I tried to honestly. After learning about the program in class, I went home and downloaded the game on my computer. I felt like I had to though, because by the end of class, I couldn’t figure out how to put pants on my avatar!
I did sort it all out and I figured out the pants issue. But they were quite ugly. Anyways, I went into my “nutritional assessment” I had to conduct today and they put on a nursing uniform for me 🙂 It was quite needed because what I was wearing would not be appropriate. ahem.
Back to the game, every nursing student gets an avatar. We use these avatars to communicate with other people and pretend that we are in a real world setting basically. For the assessment, I, er my avatar, was in a clinic and I had a patient. I basically had to ask her questions about what kind of foods she ate, exercise, family history, alcohol use, you know, the usual stuff.
It was actually pretty entertaining. I heard that our “patient” was an actual real person, not a computer or some cyborg. Ha. It was way weird pretending to be someone else, because my name for my avatar was some crazy name that wasn’t mine.
It was a really weird and interesting experiece. I’ll eventually get the conversation between us through e-mail, so that’s going to be interesting to read.
If you’re curious about it, you can go here to the site that I’m talking about. Don’t ask me for help though, because I don’t know if I’ll be able to 😦