PhD Graduates – Diaz

Desiree Diaz, PhD
Spring 2011

“Training for Nurses Caring for Simulated Limited English Proficient Patients in Post-Operative Pain.”

Introduction. 46.8 million people in the United States identify themselves as speaking another language beside English in the home. The Office of Minority Health identified improper language access as a potential cause of minority related healthcare disparities (Office of Minority Health, 2001). The objective of this study was to compare hospital-based training using case study or simulation teaching methods. Simulation training may be an effective means to train healthcare providers on communicating with LEP patients, to address language access within the context of post-operative pain management.