Creating Caring and Empathic Nurses: A Simulated Ostomate

Desiree A. Díaz, Annette T. Maruca, Joan Esper Kuhnly, Pamela Jeffries, Nina Grabon

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Background: This qualitative study explored the lived experience of student nurses (N = 69) wearing an ostomy appliance for 48 hours in a clinical simulation experience. Method: The descriptive phenomenology by Colaizzi (1978) was used to study the question: What are the themes that emerge to describe the lived experience of an ostomate? Results: Five themes are emerged from written reflections. Conclusion: Students' retention and application of the information learned in simulation may influence clinical practice and improve patient outcomes. Insight into nursing students' transformation on caring and empathy into their practice, the art of nursing, was gleaned from this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-518
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Caring
  • Empathy
  • Ostomy
  • Qualitative
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Education
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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