Nursing Clinical Simulation That Builds Cultural Competence Garners Award

Three Duquesne University School of Nursing faculty members are part of a team of professors recently recognized for their collaboration to create a web-based virtual clinical experience designed to strengthen nursing students' cultural competence regarding prenatal care.

Assistant Nursing Professor Dr. Yvonne Weideman, Clinical Professor Dr. Joan Such Lockhart, Visiting Nursing Instructor Marie Panas and colleagues at Ashland University and the University of Akron were presented with the 2016 BAYADA Award for Innovation in Health Care Education. The award-which recognizes health care providers who have made significant contributions to education or practice through new technologies-is facilitated by the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The winning group developed an innovative, virtual approach providing nursing students with the opportunity to learn about, interact with and plan prenatal care with clients from diverse backgrounds, including community members as virtual pregnant patients from a rural Amish community and an urban underserved African-American neighborhood.

"We're extremely pleased with the recognition that our team's innovative education project has received from the BAYADA award trough Drexel University," said Lockhart. "Such acknowledgement will hopefully promote the replication and expansion of our virtual model by colleagues in nursing and other health professions."

The simulations, according to the award judges, enables nursing students "to interact with patients, offering a creative and cost-effective learning opportunity that can significantly improve students' cultural competence and confidence. In light of the limited availability of clinical sites in maternal health and the growing competition for these sites, innovative educational approaches, such as this, are essential in nursing education."

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