Due to the demanding and rapidly changing healthcare delivery system, incorporating telehealth clinical experiences in NP education is crucial to help prepare students for practice (Rutledge et al., 2014). The intent of this presentation is to review available technology and innovative strategies to incorporate telehealth in NP education using objective, structured, clinical exams, or OSCEs. The incorporation of innovation into the curriculum offers an opportunity for students to exhibit leadership by adopting new models of care into practice. Learning new methods of healthcare delivery empowers students, as providers, to develop the tools needed to meet the healthcare needs of populations with an understanding of associated policy and technology challenges.
Reflecting on lessons learned from integrating telehealth content, experiences, simulation, and evaluation in NP curriculum, presenters will review strategies to support expanded NP practice, and to prepare graduates to use telehealth as an effective method of healthcare delivery for individuals who are underserved, living in rural areas, and whose access to specialty services is limited. Presenting innovative strategies enables faculty to teach advanced practice nursing students anything, anytime, anywhere, while maintaining quality curriculum. Presenters will review available technologies, and the strategies employed by graduate NP faculty to prepare online students to deliver and manage care using telehealth applications.
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