Proposal Title

Living in Poverty: Immersing Undergraduate Nursing Students into Poverty Simulations

Track

Research Proposal / Assessment of Student Learning

Proposal Abstract

A simulation promoting nursing students’ understanding of the challenges those living in poverty face was introduced into a community health course. The students “live a month” facing everyday challenges while having limited resources. The students engage in creative inquiry as they explore the following questions: “What would living in poverty for one month truly be like? What activities are crucial for survival and managing your situation?” Students complete pre- and post-activity reflection journals. A thematic content analysis is underway to assess learning gains and the formation of new understandings.

Proposal Description

A simulation promoting nursing students’ understanding of the challenges those living in poverty face was introduced into a community health course. The students “live a month” facing everyday challenges while having limited resources. The students engage in creative inquiry as they explore the following questions: “What would living in poverty for one month truly be like? What activities are crucial for survival and managing your situation?” Student immersion into the harsh reality of poverty will result in producing students who previously may never have understood the dynamics of living in poverty and the significant impact that socioeconomic status has on quality of life, access to resources, adherence to medical regimens, and how complex and interconnected the issues of poverty, medicine, and humanity are. Students complete pre- and post-activity reflection journals. Students are asked to identify areas of change that can directly impact the effects of poverty on individuals, families, and their communities and to examine available resources within their communities to facilitate those changes. A thematic content analysis is underway to assess learning gains and the formation of new understandings.After introducing the SoTL audience to the simulation design, guiding research questions, and overall purpose of the activity, the presenter will guide the audience in an abbreviated poverty immersion experience with the same tools used in the original simulation. Results of the thematic analysis will also be presented.

Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 5

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 29th, 10:00 AM Mar 29th, 10:45 AM

Living in Poverty: Immersing Undergraduate Nursing Students into Poverty Simulations

Room 5

A simulation promoting nursing students’ understanding of the challenges those living in poverty face was introduced into a community health course. The students “live a month” facing everyday challenges while having limited resources. The students engage in creative inquiry as they explore the following questions: “What would living in poverty for one month truly be like? What activities are crucial for survival and managing your situation?” Students complete pre- and post-activity reflection journals. A thematic content analysis is underway to assess learning gains and the formation of new understandings.