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Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh. 2004;1:Article17. Epub 2004 Sep 11.

Using standardized patients to teach and evaluate nurse practitioner students on cultural competency.

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Old Dominion University.


With the increasing diversity in the American population, it is imperative that nurse practitioners learn to manage patients with varying healthcare beliefs and needs. In order to develop culturally competent nurse practitioners, a number of methods have been developed. Many of the current methods focus on improving the awareness and knowledge of nurse practitioners regarding diverse populations. However, very few of the current programs focus on improving the skills and increasing the encounters the students have with diverse populations. This paper focuses on providing nurse practitioner students with diverse encounters using culturally enhanced standardized patient scenarios. The standardized patient programs provide nurse practitioner students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills related to cultural competency in a safe environment where the students can practice communication and physical assessment skills as they receive feedback from the patients they are seeing.

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