Transforming Education: The Use of the Standardized Patients in Teaching Leadership Theory to Master-Level Nursing Students

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/253923
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Transforming Education: The Use of the Standardized Patients in Teaching Leadership Theory to Master-Level Nursing Students
Author(s):
Murphy, Lyn Stankiewicz; Appleby, Tonya
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Pi
Author Details:
Lyn Stankiewicz Murphy, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, lmurphy@son.umaryland.edu; Tonya Appleby, MSN, RN, CRNP
Abstract:

Poster presented on Friday, September 21, 2012, Thursday, September 20, 2012

Introduction:The use of the standardized patient (SP) in nursing education is well-documented in the literature. Since their introduction, SPs are commonplace in teaching clinical skills for most nursing programs. While the focus of the SP is on physical assessment, the need for leadership skills among nurses has never been greater. However, schools of nursing are challenged to create opportunities to educate nurses to respond to tomorrow’s concerns. One solution is the integration of the SPs into leadership courses in order to allow students to practice their leadership skills in a controlled environment.

Methods:Case studies involving topics such as conflict resolution, cultural competency, and motivation were developed and content validity of each scenario was established by faculty. The scenarios were rehearsed and integrated into a masters’ level leadership course. Students who wish to participate had the opportunity to engage and role play each scenario. A purposeful sample of students was recruited to participate in a focus group to explore their perceptions of the experience. The focus group was audio-recorded, and the data was transcribed and analyzed for common themes using Colazzi’s (1978) iterative approach.

Results:Ten students agreed to participate in the focus group. The average age of the students was 29 years. Three predominant themes were identified from the focus group: a) A “Real” Real-World Experience; b) More than Providing Care; and c) Enhancing Organizational Outcomes.

Discussion: One of the greatest challenges of education is integrating leadership theory (as it is presented in the classroom) into practice. Faculty must be creative in minimizing the gap between leadership theory and practice. By integrating SPs into leadership theory, students are able to experience “real world” issues in a safe environment with the hope is that these experiences will assist the students in strengthening their professional leadership skills.

Keywords:
case study; standardized patient; leadership
Repository Posting Date:
29-Nov-2012
Date of Publication:
29-Nov-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
Leadership Forum 2012
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Leadership Forum 2012 Theme: Nursing Leadership: Impact at Every Level. Held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTransforming Education: The Use of the Standardized Patients in Teaching Leadership Theory to Master-Level Nursing Studentsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Lyn Stankiewiczen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAppleby, Tonyaen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentPien_GB
dc.author.detailsLyn Stankiewicz Murphy, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, lmurphy@son.umaryland.edu; Tonya Appleby, MSN, RN, CRNPen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/253923-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on Friday, September 21, 2012, Thursday, September 20, 2012</p> <b>Introduction:</b>The use of the standardized patient (SP) in nursing education is well-documented in the literature. Since their introduction, SPs are commonplace in teaching clinical skills for most nursing programs. While the focus of the SP is on physical assessment, the need for leadership skills among nurses has never been greater. However, schools of nursing are challenged to create opportunities to educate nurses to respond to tomorrow&rsquo;s concerns. One solution is the integration of the SPs into leadership courses in order to allow students to practice their leadership skills in a controlled environment. <p><b>Methods:</b>Case studies involving topics such as conflict resolution, cultural competency, and motivation were developed and content validity of each scenario was established by faculty. The scenarios were rehearsed and integrated into a masters&rsquo; level leadership course. Students who wish to participate had the opportunity to engage and role play each scenario. A purposeful sample of students was recruited to participate in a focus group to explore their perceptions of the experience. The focus group was audio-recorded, and the data was transcribed and analyzed for common themes using Colazzi&rsquo;s (1978) iterative approach. <p><b>Results:</b>Ten students agreed to participate in the focus group. The average age of the students was 29 years. Three predominant themes were identified from the focus group: a) A &ldquo;Real&rdquo; Real-World Experience; b) More than Providing Care; and c) Enhancing Organizational Outcomes. <p><b>Discussion</b>: One of the greatest challenges of education is integrating leadership theory (as it is presented in the classroom) into practice. Faculty must be creative in minimizing the gap between leadership theory and practice. By integrating SPs into leadership theory, students are able to experience &ldquo;real world&rdquo; issues in a safe environment with the hope is that these experiences will assist the students in strengthening their professional leadership skills.en_GB
dc.subjectcase studyen_GB
dc.subjectstandardized patienten_GB
dc.subjectleadershipen_GB
dc.date.available2012-11-29T13:39:41Z-
dc.date.issued2012-11-29-
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-29T13:39:41Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.nameLeadership Forum 2012en_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.descriptionLeadership Forum 2012 Theme: Nursing Leadership: Impact at Every Level. Held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolisen_GB
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