Study: Measuring the impact of a 3D simulation experience on nursing students’ cultural empathy using a modified version of the Kiersma-Chen Empathy Scale

To determine the effect of immersive 3D cultural simulation on nursing students’ empathy towards culturally and linguistically diverse patients.

Accelerated globalisation has seen a significant increase in cultural diversity in most regions of the world over the past forty years. Clinical encounters that do not acknowledge cultural factors contribute to adverse patient outcomes and health care inequities for culturally and linguistically diverse people. Cultural empathy is an antecedent to cultural competence. Thus, appropriate educational strategies are needed to enhance nursing students’ cultural empathy and the capacity to deliver culturally competent care.

RESULTS: Students’ empathy towards culturally and linguistically diverse patients significantly improved after exposure to the 3D simulation experience. The mean scores for the Perspective Taking and Valuing Affective Empathy subscales also increased significantly postsimulation.

Slideshow: From culture shock to cultural empathy to cultural competence: An innovative 3D immersive simulation experience