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Using Audio-Visual simulation to elicit nursing students’ noticing and interpreting skills to assess pain in culturally diverse patients

Kelly, M.A., Slatyer, S., Myers, H., Gower, S., Mason, J. and Lasater, K. (2022) Using Audio-Visual simulation to elicit nursing students’ noticing and interpreting skills to assess pain in culturally diverse patients. Clinical Simulation in Nursing . In Press.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2022.06.003
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Abstract

Background

Pain is a complex and multi-dimensional phenomenon. Nurses play a vital role in assessing and managing pain and must use sound clinical reasoning to accurately make clinical judgments to notice, interpret and respond to patients’ pain.

Method

Exploratory research on the impact of a newly developed AV simulation on nursing students' Noticing and Interpreting skills in assessing pain of culturally diverse patients. Data were collected via self-administered pre and post–intervention surveys.

Findings

The majority of participants were able to identify that the patient was in greater pain than reported, however some participants were unable to notice and interpret the impact of culture during pain assessment. Participants were more aware of the subjectivity of pain (cultural knowledge), and that the strategies learnt would improve their future clinical practice (cultural desire).

Conclusion

Findings support the need to include AV simulations in the nursing curriculum to enhance student nurses’ cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills regarding pain, all complex factors for making the best clinical judgments to respond to pain.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Nursing
Publisher: Elsevier Inc. on behalf of International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning
Copyright: © 2022 Crown Copyright
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/65520
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