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Kettering College, Wright State Complete First-time Joint Simulation Exercise

By Mindy Claggett

The Kettering College of Medical Arts (KCMA) Division of Nursing recently collaborated with Wright State's Boonshoft School of Medicine for a three-day interdisciplinary simulation training exercise—a first-time collaboration of its kind in the state.

Nursing students in their final semester at KCMA paired with second-year medical residents from Wright State in a program designed to improve the skills and communication among healthcare providers using a cutting-edge approach to education called the Team STEPP (Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) method. The 17 student nurses and residents participated together in two simulations using interactive mannequins. The scenarios involved the care and resuscitation of two patients experiencing health-related complications. The students relied on each other and on the expertise each side brought to the situation to successfully treat the "patients."

The learning experience is a culmination of the combined efforts of faculty members Donna Moore and Peggy Allyn from KCMA’s nursing department and, from the Boonshoft School of Medicine; Ray TenEyck, associate director of public health; Dan Kirkpatrick, assistant director of emergency medicine; and emergency medical technician Jeff Adams.

"This was an opportunity for nursing students to work with medical residents as a team. For years, nursing and medicine practiced different disciplines and were educated separately. This experience brought the two disciplines together to work as a team and to obtain the best results for patients," said Moore.

"Being able to create experiences for nurses and physicians to practice on high-fidelity mannequins, in a safe environment, without harm to real patients, is incredible," added Moore. “And, as far as we know, this is the first time nursing students and medical residents in Ohio have worked on an interdisciplinary training like this," said Moore.

STEPP involves the transfer of information, along with authority and responsibility, during transitions in care, including the opportunity to ask questions, clarify and confirm. Examples of transitions in care include shift changes, physicians transferring complete responsibility, and patient transfers.