South University would like to congratulate the Experiential Learning team, including Cherial L. Revell, DNP, APRN, FNP-C (Assistant Clinical Director), Leslie MacTaggart Myers, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC (Senior Clinical Director), Theresa Gunter Lawson, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC (Regional Clinical Coordinator), Shelita Dunlap, DNP, APRN, FNP-C (Regional Clinical Coordinator), and Mēki Jacobs Graham, DNP, APRN, MSN/Ed., ANP-C (Regional Clinical Coordinator), for being selected to present their research at the 2021 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) 47th Annual Conference: New Frontiers for NP Education. The conference highlights innovative and evidence-based NP education approaches and clinical strategies.
Their presentation titled “Implementing Virtual Site Visits for Competency-Based Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Students,” was designed to address the challenges for clinical site visits. In-person visits are often limited for SNPs enrolled in online or hybrid programs due to a variety of factors such as geographic isolation, faculty shortages, and site access restrictions for nonessential personnel. The purpose of their project is to:
- Develop and implement a case-based synchronous virtual option for competency-based evaluation of SNPs comparable to in-person site visits,
- Evaluate acceptability of competency-based evaluation in Virtual Site Visits (VSVs),
- Establish comparability of VSVs using patient case studies and live patient encounters during in-person site visits for competency-based evaluation.
This research will lead to enhanced opportunities for South University clinical evaluation. Please join us in congratulating this group on this invaluable opportunity!