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Eda Ozkara San Eda Ozkara San is a PhD candidate in the Nursing Science Program of the CUNY Graduate Center. Before joining the CUNY Graduate Center, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Koc University in Istanbul-Turkey. In 2012, she completed her MBA degree in Health Care Management at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul-Turkey. She expects to earn her doctoral degree in fall 2017. Her clinical background includes medical surgical and emergency care nursing.
After joining the CUNY Graduate Center, she embraces every teaching opportunity and has worked enthusiastically and effectively with nursing students pursuing variety of degrees. In her academic training and four years of teaching and mentoring experiences as a part-time clinical and certified simulation instructor, she worked in numerous nursing schools in NYC. These schools include NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Pace Lienhard School of Nursing, Hunter College, Monroe College, College of Staten Island, and York College. She had the opportunity to utilize and teach clinical simulation across a wide range of nursing courses in addition to work with students during their clinical. She actively participated in clinical simulation’s coordination, design, evaluation, and implementation in various nursing courses such as Medical-Surgical, Leadership and Management, Communication, Maternity, Community Health, Critical Care, Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Ethics, and Pharmacology and these experiences made her interest grow in the use of clinical simulation and culture-specific care for patients representing diversity. She became more interested in different learning styles of diverse student groups and determination of effective evidence-based teaching and learning interventions to help nursing students obtain their educational goals. Her dedication to teaching excellence, ability to lead and inspire, and enthusiasm about the learning process was recognized by the NYU Rory Meyers Undergraduate Nursing Student Organization in 2015 as the recipient of Distinguished Clinical Faculty award. More recently, she was selected for the 2017 Preceptor Award for the Nurse Education Program from the Master’s and Post-master’s Advanced Certificate Programs of the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

Her doctoral dissertation entitled with ““Effect of Diverse Standardized Patient Simulation (DSPS) Cultural Competence Education Strategy on Nursing Students’ Transcultural Self-Efficacy Perceptions” was conducted under the advisement of Dr. Marianne Jeffreys, a well-known transcultural nursing expert and examines the use of standardized patient simulation to enhance culturally competent nursing care. For her research study, she developed a multidimensional education intervention namely the Diverse Standardized Patient Simulation (DSPS) Cultural Competence Education Strategy, which includes two DSPS scenarios based on Jeffreys’s (2016a) the Cultural Competence and Confidence Model (CCC). This educational strategy aims to improve students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes in regards to providing culturally competent nursing care and it integrates key concepts of Healthy People 2020 such as communication skills, patient-teaching, health literacy, health promotion, management of chronic illnesses, and cultural competence among marginalized populations.  The National League for Nursing (NLN) Jeffries Simulation Theory (JST) (2015), the INACLS Standards of Best Practice: Simulation (2015) and guidelines for coaching standardized patients from Wallace (2007) were followed closely in simulation scenario design, evaluation, implementation, SP hiring, and training processes. Two DSPS scenarios designed by her and validated by five doctoral prepared nursing experts was implemented with all 69 associate degree nursing students enrolled in a second-semester 9-credit, 15 week medical-surgical nursing course during fall 2016 term. Data collection was completed by the end of fall, 2016 semester in a public, urban, diverse setting. Eda is currently finalizing the data analysis. Her research study has been selected for several doctoral research awards from the CUNY Graduate Center, Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS), and more recently from the National League for Nursing (NLN).

She sees her doctoral dissertation project as the starting point for her long-term research goal of expanding the field of study on clinical simulation and transcultural nursing education. Upon the completion of this study, she plans to create a positive impact in the field of nursing education through a coordinated, holistic group effort. She plans to specifically address diverse students’ educational needs by designing innovative teaching and learning strategies for ongoing cultural competence development. She aims to maintain her existing professional collaborations with various transcultural nursing scholars and clinical simulation experts, and make further partnerships with other nurses, health professionals, and organizations by following the evidence based practice in nursing education.