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Measuring the impact of a 3D simulation experience on nursing studentsí cultural empathy using a modified version of the Kiersma-Chen Empathy Scale

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Everson, N and Levett-Jones, T and Lapkin, S and van der Riet, P and Rossiter, R and Jones, D and Gilligan, C and Courtney-Pratt, HM, Measuring the impact of a 3D simulation experience on nursing students' cultural empathy using a modified version of the Kiersma-Chen Empathy Scale, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, (19-20) pp. 2849-2858. ISSN 0962-1067 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/jocn.12893

Abstract

Aims and objectives: To determine the effect of immersive 3D cultural simulation on nursing studentsí empathy towards culturally and linguistically diverse patients.

Background: Accelerated globalisation has seen a significant increase in cultural diversity in most regions of the world over the past forty years. Clinical encounters that do not acknowledge cultural factors contribute to adverse patient outcomes and health care inequities for culturally and linguistically diverse people. Cultural empathy is an antecedent to cultural competence. Thus, appropriate educational strategies are needed to enhance nursing studentsí cultural empathy and the capacity to deliver culturally competent care.

Design: A one-group pretest, post-test design was used for this study. The simulation exposed students to an unfolding scene in a hospital ward of a developing county.

Methods: A convenience sample of second-year undergraduate nursing students (n = 460) from a semi-metropolitan university in Australia were recruited for the study. Characteristics of the sample were summarised using descriptive statistics. T-tests were performed to analyse the differences between pre- and post simulation empathy scores using an eight item modified version of the Kiersma-Chen Empathy Scale.

Results: Studentsí empathy towards culturally and linguistically diverse patients significantly improved after exposure to the 3D simulation experience. The mean scores for the Perspective Taking and Valuing Affective Empathy subscales also increased significantly postsimulation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:simulation
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
Author:Courtney-Pratt, HM (Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt)
ID Code:102646
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-09-02
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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