Pursuing Authenticity and Visibility: Developing a Native American Virtual Patient Simulation Scenario for Maternal Health Nursing (1090-003974) (Developmental Research Projects: Resuscitation, Clinical Outcomes, Cultural Fluency (By Invitation Only))
Start time: Thursday, February 4, 2021, 3:00 PM End time: Thursday, February 4, 2021, 4:00 PM Session Type: Research Study Development and Presentation Program Abstracts
Native American communities are facing major disparities in healthcare compared to any other group in the United States. In addition to suffering higher rates of common chronic diseases and their health programs being historically underfunded, about a quarter of Native Americans also report experiencing discrimination when going to a physician or health clinic (National Congress of American Indians, 2019; National Public Radio et al., 2017). Preparing a culturally competent nursing workforce requires nursing faculty to enhance learning experiences across the curriculum that leverage cultural competency development and foster authentic representation (Farber, 2019; Leavitt et al., 2015). In this study, we will illustrate how we partnered with members of a Native American tribe to develop a maternal health virtual patient simulation scenario involving a young mother who is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.
This study will focus on how we involved members of a Native American tribe (i.e., subject-matter experts, concept artists, students) in every step of the simulation creation process including character creation, name selection, concept art, narrative design, and medically relevant cultural practices. In addition, the scenario will be pilot tested with American Indian and Indigenous pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students from a program in the Midwest that serves a large population of Native American patients to provide feedback on character authenticity and fidelity.
We expect that the American Indian and Indigenous pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students that will be part of this study will see increased cultural competence, knowledge, and confidence after completing the scenario.