Title: Latin American Film for Future Nurses: Teaching Clinical Empathy and Narrative Medicine Awareness to Work With Immigrant Populations
Stream: Education / Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Steven Lownes, University of South Carolina Union, United States
During the COVID-19 crisis, many healthcare workers experienced burnout and increased psychological issues including stress, depression, and anxiety (A. Shechter et al. 2020). The pandemic put an additional burden on these workers that stretched their ability to be empathetic towards their patients thin. With a need for more healthcare workers, there are several studies that debate the usefulness of clinical empathy training for future professionals (Anzaldua and Halpern, 2021; Guidi and Traversa, 2021) and how best to provide proper patient care that includes engaged curiosity and narrative medicine as possible points of engagement. Additionally, immigration has been a scrutinized issue by politicians and the American public for several years with erroneous views on immigration to the United States being widely held. A November 2021 CBS poll (Salvanto et al. 2021) showed that while one in five people support continued immigration, the same amount support ending all immigration. Beginning in the fall of 2021, I developed a Latin American Studies course for our pre-nursing cohort to fulfill the “non-western” course requirement for nursing school and to expose students to Latin American narratives to encourage an intellectual curiosity about their future patients. In this paper, I will discuss the use of Latin American films as a primer for students to better understand the history, culture, and migration patterns that could affect patient relations. I will discuss the format and design of the course, evaluation procedures for students, and student outcomes.
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