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Evaluation of a Standardized Patient Simulation on Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Knowledge and Confidence Pertaining to Intimate Partner Violence

Blumling, Amber DNP, FNP-C, CEN, SANE-A1; Kameg, Kirstyn DNP, PMHNP-BC1; Cline, Thomas MBA, PhD2; Szpak, Janene DNP, PMHNP-BC, RN1; Koller, Cora JD3

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000212
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Introduction: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious and preventable public health problem. Nurses are at the front lines of assessing and intervening with patients subjected to IPV. Lack of training and confidence is cited as a major barrier to assessing for IPV.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a standardized patient (SP) simulation experience depicting a victim of IPV on undergraduate nursing student knowledge and confidence in assessment and intervention of IPV.

Methods: The Physician Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Survey tool was adapted to measure confidence, and a 10-item multiple-choice test was developed to measure knowledge, completed pretest, postlecture, and post-SP simulation.

Results: There was a statistically significant increase in confidence from pretest to postlecture, 14.04 (SD = 3.01) to 20.61 (SD = 2.39), F(1, 56) = 345, p < 0.001, to postsimulation, 14.04–21.93 (SD = 2.18), F(1, 56) = 21.1, p < 0.001. Only statistically significant increases in knowledge occurred from pretest to postlecture, 6.96 (SD = 1.36) to 7.95 (SD = 1.47), F(1,56) = 29.84, p < 0.001. Increase in knowledge from postlecture to postsimulation was not found to be statistically significant, 7.95 (SD = 1.47) to 8.05 (SD = 1.27), F(1,56) = 0.632, p > 0.10.

Conclusion: Healthcare professionals need to be adequately educated and trained to screen for IPV. This study provides preliminary evidence that the addition of an SP simulation appears to enhance nursing student confidence and knowledge of assessing and intervening with victims of IPV.

Author Affiliations:1Robert Morris University,

2Saint Vincent College, and

3Crisis Center North.

Amber Blumling has received the RISE Center Grant for Simulation from Robert Morris University. She is a student at Robert Morris University. For the remaining authors, none were declared.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence:Amber Blumling, DNP, FNP-C, CEN, SANE-A, Robert Morris University,6001 University Blvd Moon Township, PA 15108. E-mail:

Received March 18, 2018; Accepted June 21, 2018

© 2018 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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