Cyphers, Natalie A., PhD, RN; Mest, Carol G., PhD, RN, ANP-BC; Doyle-Tadduni, Mary Elizabeth, PhD, MBA, RN
March/April 2019, Volume 44, Issue 2;
Assessment is a vital role of all nurses, yet cardiac murmur identification remains difficult for students. A psychoacoustic approach involves repetition of cardiac sounds to facilitate auditory perceptual learning. The purpose of this study by Dr. Cyphers and her team was to determine the effectiveness of a psychoacoustic learning modality for identification of cardiac murmurs by nurse practitioner students. A repeated-measures design was used. Findings indicated that a psychoacoustic learning approach helps students develop their proficiency in cardiac assessment. In this video and article, you will be introduced to psychoacoustic learning and how to use this approach in teaching assessment in nursing.