Simulation lab creates innovative, collaborative learning experience for health professions students
Carrie Hobbs was clearly confused – too confused to understand she was in the hospital and dealing with a serious health condition: heart failure.
“We need to get your breathing under control. We’re going to help you with that,” Carrie’s nurse told her while she readjusted her blankets and waited calmly as a pharmacist calculated an adjustment to Carrie’s diuretic medicine.
But Carrie’s life wasn’t really at risk. After all, this was just an exercise. And Carrie was a patient simulator. But that didn’t lessen the importance of the students’ work.
This is the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions’ Simulated Health Center – a 12-room facility that can replicate real-world scenarios taking place in a hospital, clinic or at home. The facility, renovated and tripled in size over summer 2013, enables instructors and students outside the room to listen and view during the exercise. The scenario may also be recorded for later review.
“It’s a good way to practice in a safe environment without having real consequences,” said Annie Howard, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated program.
The simulation lab also illustrates the college’s growing emphasis on interprofessional education. Work is underway to identify and create more opportunities to bring together students from the schools of Nursing, Physical Therapy and Pharmacy and more closely infuse interprofessional learning into the curriculum. An interprofessional ethics pilot course, for example, is expected to be ready in 2014.
Ultimately, the shift is about continuing to position students to move patient care forward, said Sue Scherer, associate dean and chairwoman of the college’s interprofessional education committee.
“Improving patient care today and in the future will require different health professions to work together,” she said. “Having these collaborative experiences as students is critical if they are to function as effective teams in clinical practice.”
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