Standardized patients are essential to the hands-on, innovative educational experience for Frontier Nursing University (FNU) students. Standardized patients portray characteristics of real patients in practice simulated interactions with students. They are physically examined and questioned by students. The standardized patient then gives feedback to the students about the encounter.
Because FNU is a distance-learning institution, standardized patients provide our students a unique learning opportunity where they can practice clinical skills on real people. Students get to practice on standardized patients during their didactic studies, which occurs in their home communities, and during Clinical Bound, which is a five-day skills intensive where students come to our Versailles, Ky. campus before they begin their clinical rotations.
Standardized patients use a script, which provides consistency and a controlled experience in each clinical scenario while allowing the student to still interact and work on their skills with a real person. Students are able to practice physical examinations, history taking skills, communication, and patient counseling with these individuals. This innovative way of clinical practice benefits both the student practicing and their peers. Oftentimes, peers have the opportunity to watch each other during these sessions. During Clinical Bound at FNU, our students practice with standardized patients through both in-person and virtual visits.
What Does a Student-Standardized Patient Interaction Look Like?
The standardized patient is trained on the role they will be playing and the script they are given weeks before the simulation begins. The script includes things like their diagnosis, age, allergies, chief complaint, and history. It also provides characteristics and behaviors that the person should portray while in the appointment. This helps the student determine the diagnosis for the patient.
During the exam, the student asks questions about what is happening, performs a physical exam and then diagnoses and treats the patient, all as if the patient had this real issue happening.
Standardized patients are provided with a list of things they need to evaluate the student provider on. Standardized patients provide that feedback to the student and faculty members after their visit, once their peers leave the room.
How to Become a Standardized Patient
Are you interested in becoming a standardized patient at our Versailles, Ky. campus? Below you will find everything you need to know.
This position will use a case script detailing specific emotions, behaviors, and disease signs/symptoms for presentation during simulated learning situations. They must present this case information in a standardized manner, as elicited by students. Standardized patients are required to remain in a specific patient character as trained when responding to student questions and accurately remember encounters with students for the purpose of scoring student behaviors. They then provide educationally constructive verbal feedback within a structured format provided by FNU.
There is paid training to become a standardized patient and you will have several practices being one before you work with students.
“I enjoy the flexibility of the job and the variety of roles I am able to portray,” Martha Campbell, current standardized patient, said. “Being able to share communication feedback and insights feels like a valuable contribution to their learning.”
Our standardized patients work closely with faculty members and the Innovation Center faculty and staff.
Skills and Abilities Required to Apply:
- Minimum of a high school diploma
- Acting and experience as a standardized patient preferred
- Experience in health professions, communication, or education preferred
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- Reliable computer and web-communication skills, including use of Google suite and Microsoft Office products and web conferencing software
- Flexibility and reliability with scheduling and assignments
- Ability to read and absorb detailed case information and follow written and verbal instructions
- Strong attention to detail
- Willingness to be viewed and recorded throughout simulated patient encounters and feedback sessions
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and display diplomacy
FNU has used standardized patients as part of our innovative Clinical Bound experience for over twelve years.
“We have a robust program for all of our students covering birth to death, physical and mental health issues,” Tia Andrighetti said. “Our standardized patients are an integral part of the learning that our students get prior to real life patient encounters.”
FNU is the oldest and largest continually operating nurse-midwifery education program in the U.S. and has more than 2500 students enrolled. It is a leading distance-learning institution and was recognized for this by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) in November and was named a “2021 Great College to Work For”. For the fourth consecutive year, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, awarded FNU the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.
This is an as needed contract position located in Versailles, Ky. For more information on this position and to apply for this job, please visit our website.