Utilizing Simulation Scenarios in a Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum to Improve Advanced Health Assessment Skills

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304398
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Utilizing Simulation Scenarios in a Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum to Improve Advanced Health Assessment Skills
Author(s):
Hite, Amy; Giefer, Cheryl K.; Harris, Jennifer O'Brien; Johnson, Karen
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Amy Hite, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ahite@pittstate.edu; Cheryl K. Giefer, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC; Jennifer O'Brien Harris, MSN, APRN, FNP-C; Karen Johnson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C;
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013

Purpose: This project was initiated with the Advanced Health Assessment course and is a course redesign to improve advanced health assessment skills in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students. Additionally, the purpose of this project includes addressing the challenge of evaluating FNP student clinical performance considering the differences in clinical sites, patients and preceptors. Simulation scenarios were introduced to evaluate FNP students’ assessment and documentation skills and continue across the FNP curriculum to assess evidence-based practice competencies in all Primary Care courses.

Methods: The methodology included the use of high-fidelity simulators as a teaching tool. The project integrates technology which includes an interactive patient care simulation while documenting the findings using Typhon, an electronic student tracking/documenting system. Simulation scenarios offer the advantage of relatively consistent experiences in a safe, risk-free environment. The simulation scenario increases the students’ awareness of their client-care skills and allows for faculty, self, and peer evaluation. This instructional approach allowed learners to engage in experiential learning covering the National League for Nursing Core Competencies for Nurse Educators and The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Domains.

Results: The results are reflected in student evaluations which showed improved ability to: perform advanced health assessments; formulate differential diagnoses; plan therapeutic interventions; utilize simulation for evaluation of assessment skills and critical thinking. Students and faculty felt the simulation project incorporated realistic scenarios, integrated curricular content and benefited learning while improving self-confidence.

Conclusion: One challenge in evaluating FNP student clinical performance is related to differences in clinical sites and asynchronous evaluations. This project is significant as FNP students are educated to meet Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies, described by NONPF. According to NONPF (2011), the NP “practices independently managing previously diagnosed and undiagnosed patients and uses advanced health assessment skills to differentiate between normal, variations of normal and abnormal findings”.

Keywords:
Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum; Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies; Simulation Scenarios
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleUtilizing Simulation Scenarios in a Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum to Improve Advanced Health Assessment Skillsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHite, Amyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGiefer, Cheryl K.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Jennifer O'Brienen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Karenen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsAmy Hite, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ahite@pittstate.edu; Cheryl K. Giefer, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC; Jennifer O'Brien Harris, MSN, APRN, FNP-C; Karen Johnson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304398-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> This project was initiated with the Advanced Health Assessment course and is a course redesign to improve advanced health assessment skills in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students. Additionally, the purpose of this project includes addressing the challenge of evaluating FNP student clinical performance considering the differences in clinical sites, patients and preceptors. Simulation scenarios were introduced to evaluate FNP students’ assessment and documentation skills and continue across the FNP curriculum to assess evidence-based practice competencies in all Primary Care courses. <p><b>Methods: </b> The methodology included the use of high-fidelity simulators as a teaching tool. The project integrates technology which includes an interactive patient care simulation while documenting the findings using Typhon, an electronic student tracking/documenting system. Simulation scenarios offer the advantage of relatively consistent experiences in a safe, risk-free environment. The simulation scenario increases the students’ awareness of their client-care skills and allows for faculty, self, and peer evaluation. This instructional approach allowed learners to engage in experiential learning covering the National League for Nursing Core Competencies for Nurse Educators and The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Domains. <p><b>Results: </b> The results are reflected in student evaluations which showed improved ability to: perform advanced health assessments; formulate differential diagnoses; plan therapeutic interventions; utilize simulation for evaluation of assessment skills and critical thinking. Students and faculty felt the simulation project incorporated realistic scenarios, integrated curricular content and benefited learning while improving self-confidence. <p><b>Conclusion: </b> One challenge in evaluating FNP student clinical performance is related to differences in clinical sites and asynchronous evaluations. This project is significant as FNP students are educated to meet Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies, described by NONPF. According to NONPF (2011), the NP “practices independently managing previously diagnosed and undiagnosed patients and uses advanced health assessment skills to differentiate between normal, variations of normal and abnormal findings”.en_GB
dc.subjectFamily Nurse Practitioner Curriculumen_GB
dc.subjectNurse Practitioner Core Competenciesen_GB
dc.subjectSimulation Scenariosen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:35:04Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:35:04Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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