2053-18: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Education

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2053-18:  Reinforcing and Teaching Empathy Skills to Nursing Students | Simulation in Sync: An Interprofessional Simulation Activity Using Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Music Therapy and Medical Actor Students

This mini concurrent session includes two 20-minute presentations (described below) plus Q&A.

Reinforcing and Teaching Empathy Skills to Nursing Students
This presentation describes a program used in a CON to reinforce and teach empathy skills to pre-licensure nursing students. The program was developed in conjunction with the COM, COP & Theater School in a large medical center. Student empathy scores were measured using the Kiersma-Chen (Kiersma 2013) scale.  
Presenters:  Cynthia Taylor Handrup, DNP, APRN, PHMCNS-BC; Marsha Snyder, PhD, PMHNP/CNS-BC

Simulation in Sync: An Interprofessional Simulation Activity Using Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Music Therapy and Medical Actor Students
This presentation provides information regarding the value of an interprofessional learning experience that enabled students an opportunity to work collaboratively with music therapy students to develop a shared treatment plan for patients with mental illness.  
Presenter:  Therese Collins, MS, RN, CNE

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:  44 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

1. Describe the importance of reinforcing and teaching empathy skills in a systematic manner in pre-licensure nursing programs.
2. Develop simulation experiences utilizing a variety of health care disciplines. 

Keywords:  Empathy, Nursing Education, Actors as Patients, Simulation, Interprofessional Collaboration

Continuing Nursing Education
0.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 32nd Annual Conference
Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:00pm - 4:45pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2020

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