Event Title

The Use of Standardized Patients to Facilitate Critical Thinking in a Family Nurse Practitioner Program Academic Setting

Speaker's Credentials

Stefanie La Manna, PhD, MPH,ARNP,FNP-C

Deirdre Krause, PHd, ARNP, FNP-BC

Location

Melnick

Format

Podium Presentation

Start Date

21-1-2017 11:10 AM

End Date

21-1-2017 11:40 AM

Abstract

Introduction With the increase number of chronic illness across all ages and the complexities of primary care management, advance practice nurses (APN) today are required to have higher levels of critical thinking, problem solving, and patient managed skills (Johnson, Hall, & Causey, 2014). The ultimate objective of higher education is to produce highly competent APN prepared to improve access to health care, increase quality care, and a healthier constituents of care (Aiken, et al., 2009). Purpose The purpose of this study is to identify different methods to provide formative and summative knowledge for advanced practice nursing students, and to assess clinical knowledge in a family nurse practitioner program at an academic setting. Description of Innovation The use of six standardized patients with different primary care medical scenarios were utilized in the APRN program to help facilitate learning in the APRN student. Outcomes The utilization of standardized patients in controlled clinical scenarios did help meet the need for remediation of skills. The APRN students developed critical thinking skills which allowed for on point evaluation of actions by student, peers, didactic and clinical faculty. The standardized patients that give feedback for future improvement Discussion The use of standardized patients in the APRN program will foster confidence in the APRN student with the use of EMRs and the diagnostic reasoning in the adult patient in a controlled environment.

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The Use of Standardized Patients to Facilitate Critical Thinking in a Family Nurse Practitioner Program Academic Setting

Melnick

Introduction With the increase number of chronic illness across all ages and the complexities of primary care management, advance practice nurses (APN) today are required to have higher levels of critical thinking, problem solving, and patient managed skills (Johnson, Hall, & Causey, 2014). The ultimate objective of higher education is to produce highly competent APN prepared to improve access to health care, increase quality care, and a healthier constituents of care (Aiken, et al., 2009). Purpose The purpose of this study is to identify different methods to provide formative and summative knowledge for advanced practice nursing students, and to assess clinical knowledge in a family nurse practitioner program at an academic setting. Description of Innovation The use of six standardized patients with different primary care medical scenarios were utilized in the APRN program to help facilitate learning in the APRN student. Outcomes The utilization of standardized patients in controlled clinical scenarios did help meet the need for remediation of skills. The APRN students developed critical thinking skills which allowed for on point evaluation of actions by student, peers, didactic and clinical faculty. The standardized patients that give feedback for future improvement Discussion The use of standardized patients in the APRN program will foster confidence in the APRN student with the use of EMRs and the diagnostic reasoning in the adult patient in a controlled environment.