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Playing a Standardized Patient in an Ethics Course:
What Nursing Students Learn
As part of a required ethics course, pharmacy students (N=51) interact with standardized patients (SPs) in a clinical simulation four times a semester. One simulation in the course involves a patient who is taking a highly teratogenic drug, isotretinoin (Accutane®), and suspects that she might be unintentionally pregnant. Nursing students (N=7) on a community health rotation were recruited to play the role of the SP in the simulation. Each nursing student interacted with a minimum of seven different pharmacy students. Post-interaction nursing students wrote a self-reflection paper and participated in a focus group discussing what they learned. The nursing students identified with the difficulty the pharmacy students had answering SP questions and how this applies to their interactions with patients. The nursing students sensed strong emotional undertones in the pharmacy students' comments including anger and frustration. These same emotions appear in the pharmacy students' written reflections. Framing the Question
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Standardized patients provide an excellent learning Nursing students (N=7) on a community health opportunity for health science students. The focus rotation in a BSN program were recruited to play the of the SP encounter is on student learning, there is role of the SP in the simulation. Each nursing student little information in the literature about what SPs interacted with a minimum of seven different learn or gain from the experience. What if the role pharmacy students. Immediately post-interaction of the SP is played by another health science nursing students wrote a self-reflection paper. A few student? What do nursing students learn from days later, the nursing students participated in a playing the role of an SP in a pharmacy ethics focus group discussing what they learned. General themes from the self-reflection papers Information and Concepts
indicate that the nursing students enjoyed the novel experience of being on the other side of the health The question about what nursing students learn professional/patient interaction. For the most part, from playing the SP in a clinical simulations is they expressed sympathy for the pharmacy students who were in their "professional" roles in the interaction. They noticed that the pharmacy students used "big words" when explaining the drug's action. They distinguished between the facts the pharmacy interdisciplinary education in the health students presented and the emotional undertone using SPs is labor intensive so if learning takes place on both sides of the simulation it may further justify its use as a teaching The focus group's comments were recorded and transcribed. During the focus group, the emotional experience of being a SP in this type of difficulty situation was the most common theme. The second there is little information about what health science most common theme expressed by the nursing students learn from playing the role of a SP and students was about the insights they gained into their what impact this has on critical self-reflection own learning and application to clinical practice. Click here to see the article that resulted from this work:


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