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Assessing the Impact of Telehealth Objective Structured Clinical Examinations in Graduate Nursing Education

Phillips, Tiffany A. DNP, RN, NP-C; Munn, Allison C. PhD, RN; George, Tracy P. DNP, RN, APRN-BC, CNE

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000729
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Background The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties supports the incorporation of telehealth in nurse practitioner (NP) education.

Purpose The purpose of this article is to describe the implementation of a no-cost telehealth simulation and its impact on students in their first NP clinical course.

Methods Twenty-eight NP students participated in the telehealth objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). Students completed an online survey about the impact of telehealth OSCE simulation both before and after the simulation.

Results The students' general understanding of the field of telehealth was significantly greater after the telehealth OSCE experience. Directed content analysis revealed 3 themes: usefulness of telehealth, benefit in role preparation, and technology.

Conclusion The use of telehealth simulation can be an effective strategy to assess clinical competency, provide individualized feedback, and ensure students are using evidence-based practice.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professors, School of Health Sciences, Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Phillips, Francis Marion University, 4822 E Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506 (tphillips@fmarion.edu).

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Accepted for publication: June 10, 2019

Published ahead of print: July 16, 2019

Cite this article as: Phillips TA, Munn AC, George TP. Assessing the impact of telehealth objective structured clinical examinations in graduate nursing education. Nurse Educ. 2019; doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000729. [Epub ahead of print]

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