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case study, empathy, nurse-patient relationship, nursing student, simulation



  1. Mennenga, Heidi A. PhD, RN
  2. Bassett, Susan MS, RN, CNE
  3. Pasquariello, Libby MSN/ED, RN


Because empathy is integral to the nurse-patient relationship, nurse educators are challenged to explore teaching strategies that may aid in the development of empathy among students. The purpose of this study was to determine whether consistent exposure to a single patient through case study and simulation had an impact on empathy levels in senior-level baccalaureate nursing students. Results provide interesting conclusions for faculty members and offer a basis for ongoing discussion.