Completely updated for easier use and more control, VCE Pacific View is a groundbreaking workbook/CD-ROM package that brings learning to life in a virtual hospital setting. This guided learning experience features textbook reading assignments that correspond with the CD-ROM and workbook activities. The workbook acts as a map, guiding students through the CD-ROM as they care for patients in the virtual hospital to help students make connections between what they experience through the CD-ROM and what theyve learned in their textbook. Each virtual hospital visit allows the student to access realistic information resources essential to patient care resulting in a true-to-life, hands-on learning experience. Users will also discover that this edition of VCE is easier to use with the inclusion of flash-based technology and the elimination of previously needed third-party plug-ins. Meaningful, real-world problems place users in nursing scenarios where they can set priorities for care, collect data, analyze and interpret data, and reach conclusions about complex problems within a health-illness transition. The highly-engaging format encourages active learning and provides opportunities to identify information to collect and process data for evidence-based patient care; work with data entry and retrieval screens; optimize use of available information resources; understand hospital information systems; manage information for decision-making; and maintain and improve core computing skills. Lessons in the workbook complement the content in the textbook and guide the student through the virtual hospital. Includes NCLEX examination-style questions that offer built-in testing of clinical knowledge. The CD-ROM offers users the opportunity to visit each patient and access realistic information essential for patient care, including: charts, medical administration records, electronic patient records, video clips of nurse-client interactions, and other related materials. A clock icon appears under each lesson, estimating how much time it will take to complete. A linkage icon alerts the user whenever they are about to begin an exercise that connects with previous lessons. The elimination of third-party plug-ins facilitates fast and easy software installation. Flash-based technology allows for more ease of use and seamless navigation. Greater faculty support with the addition of the FAC PAC, a new instructors website, and a radically expanded testing component. A medication administration feature enables users to select, prepare, and administer medications. Over 50 common medication errors imbedded within the software to boost clinical realism and prepare students for current practice. A Medication Room that contains a wide variety of drug storage areas, such as a Unit Dosage Cabinet, Automated Dispensing System, IV Storage, and a Refrigerator. 6 unique patients/cases, each with complex medical-surgical conditions for students to care for and monitor within the virtual hospital.Patricia Ann Potter is the author of 'Virtual Clinical Excursions 3.0 to Accompany Fundamentals of Nursing', published 2005 under ISBN 9780323030397 and ISBN 0323030394.