Dec. 8, 2017
Dr. Thomas W. Cline, professor of marketing and statistics and a consumer psychologist at Saint Vincent College’s Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government, is the co-author of a research paper, “Impact of a Standardized Patient Simulation on Undergraduate Nursing Student Knowledge and Perceived Competency of the Care of a Patient Diagnosed with Schizophrenia,” presented at the conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in Phoenix, Arizona, in October.
The co-authors include Kirstyn M. Karmeg, Nickolas Speeney, Janene Szpak and Brea Bagwell.
“Despite vast research on schizophrenia, there is a gap in the literature evaluating different teaching methodologies on learning about this disease, particularly with undergraduate nursing students,” Cline commented. “A quasi-experimental design was utilized to explore the impact of a standardized patient simulation scenario depicting a patient hospitalized with a diagnosis of schizophrenia on undergraduate nursing student knowledge and perceived competency. A visual analog scale (VAS) was utilized to measure perceived competency and a 10-item knowledge quiz was developed to measure knowledge.”
“The mean values for perceived competence and knowledge increased significantly over the three time periods,” Cline concluded. “The results suggest that incorporating standardized patient simulation into the undergraduate psychiatric mental health nursing course has the potential to enhance both knowledge and perceived competency of students in caring for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and ultimately promote better healthcare outcomes.”
Photo: Dr. Thomas Cline
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