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Empathy Development Through Case Study and Simulation

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

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000226
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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.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Mennenga) and Instructors (Mss Bassett and Pasquariello), College of Nursing, South Dakota State University, Brookings.

This project was supported by the Women and Giving Foundation.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Mennenga, College of Nursing, South Dakota State University, Box 2275, Brookings, SD 57007 (

Accepted for publication: August 22, 2015

Published ahead of print: October 6, 2015

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