- •To bridge the gap in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender nursing education, a simulation pilot program was created.
- •A simulation observer guide provides objectives and expected outcomes for students.
- •A simulation scenario with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender actors increases students' confidence and competence.
Gaps in educational preparation may prevent nurses from providing culturally competent care to all patients independent of their sexual orientation and gender identity. In particular, the specific needs of patients in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community are inadequately addressed in the traditional nursing curriculum.
To bridge the gap in LGBT nursing education, a simulation program based on standardized patients, small group instruction, and evaluation was created. This program was used by senior-level undergraduate baccalaureate and accelerated nursing students enrolled in the required Community and Public Health Nursing Course at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (n = 230).
This program was implemented in the summer of 2016. Student evaluation revealed increased confidence in assessment and care of LGBT patients.
When nursing students receive less training about LGBT issues than they need, simulation may be the optimal means for bridging that gap.
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Published online: December 08, 2017
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