SBIRT VR is a remote and collaborative option for nursing students to learn SBIRT skills in a shared virtual space, which is particularly needed in these times of social distancing and classroom virtualization. SBIRT, which stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, is a comprehensive public behavior health approach that is used by nurses and social workers to detect potential substance abuse in their patients. Our research focuses on the efficacy of a virtual reality training simulator on a student’s acquisition and retention of the SBIRT training material, as well as demonstrating the usefulness of a remote training option in place of traditional, in-person training. With a variety of scenarios, voices, and characters to choose from, our application “Nursing Virtual Reality SBIRT Training Program” gives the user a diverse selection of simulated environments for training and education in healthcare.


Dr. Cindy Weston

Dr. Elizabeth Wells-Beede

Caleb Kicklighter