Using Simulation to Improve Student's Confidence in Cultural Competence
Researchers in the health professions have reported that participating in simulation is a worthwhile and realistic experience for students. These encounters enhance student’s confidence, skill development, and interpersonal communication. As educators, we strive to provide learning opportunities that foster knowledge acquisition and skill development. As the demographics of the United States change, it is essential students develop culturally competent knowledge, awareness, and skills in curricula. Although many programs emphasize an awareness of cultural competence, few integrate cultural skills, encounters, and assessments. This session will present effective ways to integrate cultural competence into the curricula- specifically through the use of simulation.
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