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Education, nurse practitioner, simulation, telehealth



  1. Love, Rene PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Graduate Clinical Education and Clinical Professor)


ABSTRACT: Telehealth training was important for nurse practitioner (NP) students prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now it is essential. Training in telehealth allows access to health care for vulnerable populations in rural health areas and beyond. As the future of health care delivery changes, providers will be required to use this technology. Therefore, it is imperative that such training become part of NP education to prepare students to be technologically competent providers in the 21st century. The objective of this educational pilot project was to educate Doctor of Nursing Practice nurse practitioner students to conduct patient interviews and provide interprofessional collaboration using telehealth. The project addressed a gap in the literature on planning for simulations from varying NP specialties and provided feedback from standardized patients on their experiences. A total of 83 students from four specialty tracks received telehealth education. Students then interviewed simulated patients and provided a collaborating report. The students and patients were asked to complete questionnaires to assess the modules and the experience itself. Quantitative descriptive data were gathered, and qualitative themes were obtained from open-ended questions. Both the students and simulated patients indicated that they appreciated the ease and convenience of interviewing patients through technology. Both struggled with issues related to the technology and the need to have backup systems available. The students demonstrated that they were very capable of using telehealth and were generally very positive about the experience.