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Standardized patient in the role of a family member at bedside

Standardized Patient Program

The Standardized Patient (SP) program began in the Fall of 2017 and has quickly become one the most respected standardized patient programs in the Southeast. The program is used to help educate and assess undergraduate nursing students as well as graduate level practitioners.

The goal of the Standardized Patient program is to create a safe, supportive, and systematic environment in which our students can develop and practice interviewing for health histories, performing physical examinations, and communicating effectively with patients. Students also receive critical feedback from the SP, identifying behaviors observed during the simulation encounter, and how those behaviors made them feel as the patient or family member they portrayed.  As a result of these experiences, our students improve their skills and their ability to provide the very best health care for their future patients.

What is a Standard Patient?

A Standardized Patient, sometimes referred to as Standardized Participant (SP), is a person who has been trained to portray the history, symptoms, emotions, and concerns of an actual patient, family member, or other role pertinent to the patient case, and to do so in the same way so that different students receive the same experience, and can be evaluated on consistent experiences.

Guidelines for Working with SPs

Common Questions for Potential SPs

For additional information or questions, please contact the SP Program Coordinator, Amy Williams at awilliams@sc.edu