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Standing

Undergraduate

Type of Proposal

Oral Research Presentation

Challenges Theme

Building Viable, Healthy and Safe Communities

Your Location

Windsor

Faculty

Faculty of Nursing

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Laurie Freeman

Abstract/Description of Original Work

Culture has been identified as a social condition that contributes to health disparities in communities. Nursing education, in an attempt to morph the current healthcare system into one that upholds cultural safety and maximizes the health of all members of the community, emphasizes cultural concepts. Research was initiated to explore ways to promote cultural safety through teaching cultural competence in nursing education. The goal was to equip the next generation of nurses with the knowledge and needed soft skills to create culturally sensitive environments that benefit patients, families, and communities. Digital storytelling, as an immersive and innovative way of educating the millennial student, was chosen to build emotional intelligence skills that would not otherwise be developed in traditional education delivery models. Two culturally diverse students were recruited from the University of Windsor to share their experiences with local healthcare services using this creative medium. Their stories revealed an epidemic of culturally incompetent care. Results through informal feedback from students, who watched the digital stories and completed multiple choice questions, revealed a consensus that the digital stories featured were the most positively impactful part of their learning experience. With an increasingly diverse population, it is imperative that cultural safety is embraced, as a part of the foundation of a safe, sustainable, and healthy community. The art of digital storytelling emerged as having immense potential, as a learning modality, to educate the leaders of tomorrow with benefits reaching beyond the scope of healthcare; the possibilities are presented here.

Special Considerations

The attached video is one of the digital stories used in the Cultural Safety Module. My presentation will discuss the recruitment of students to participate, creation of these digital stories, and their impact within the module. Retention results will also be discussed.

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It's My Story: The Healthcare Storytelling Project

Culture has been identified as a social condition that contributes to health disparities in communities. Nursing education, in an attempt to morph the current healthcare system into one that upholds cultural safety and maximizes the health of all members of the community, emphasizes cultural concepts. Research was initiated to explore ways to promote cultural safety through teaching cultural competence in nursing education. The goal was to equip the next generation of nurses with the knowledge and needed soft skills to create culturally sensitive environments that benefit patients, families, and communities. Digital storytelling, as an immersive and innovative way of educating the millennial student, was chosen to build emotional intelligence skills that would not otherwise be developed in traditional education delivery models. Two culturally diverse students were recruited from the University of Windsor to share their experiences with local healthcare services using this creative medium. Their stories revealed an epidemic of culturally incompetent care. Results through informal feedback from students, who watched the digital stories and completed multiple choice questions, revealed a consensus that the digital stories featured were the most positively impactful part of their learning experience. With an increasingly diverse population, it is imperative that cultural safety is embraced, as a part of the foundation of a safe, sustainable, and healthy community. The art of digital storytelling emerged as having immense potential, as a learning modality, to educate the leaders of tomorrow with benefits reaching beyond the scope of healthcare; the possibilities are presented here.