On Thursday October 13, 2016, students in the Emergency Nursing Certificate and Paramedic programs in The School of Health Sciences at Humber College participated in an Interprofessional Trauma Day. Students simulated the treatment of a patient after real-life scenarios including a high-speed single-vehicle collision and a tracker trailer hit and run, all of which they might encounter on the job. Special attention was placed on a patient’s transfer of care from paramedics to nurses, highlighting key communication, documentation and physical exchanges between the interprofessional teams.
Learning objectives from the simulations enabled students to:
- Discuss interprofessional roles during transfer from out-of-hospital to Emergency Department care including communicating a “Patch” to the receiving hospital.
- Discuss the importance of performing a Rapid Trauma Survey in the pre-hospital setting.
- Summarize the specific sequence of assessment in the primary and secondary survey.
- Discuss the role of documentation in the care of a trauma patient.
Clinical simulations have always been an integral part of Humber’s learning experience. Richard Alvarez, Paramedic Professor and Brenda Ridley, Program Advisor- High Acuity, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing Certificate at Humber College led this initiative to better help their students learn and apply on-the-job skills. Ridley states, “Trauma based education is integral to both the Paramedic and Emergency Nursing certificate programs at Humber College. Students from both educational programs were highly motivated to participate in the simulation-based interprofessional trauma day. Trauma based simulation provides the ideal platform for interprofessional communication, transfer of accountability and expanded understanding of each other’s scope of practice in a safe learning environment”. Initiatives such as these align with the three shared priorities outlined in The School of Health Sciences Strategic Plan including:
- To be the model for integrated interprofessional programs in Health Sciences.
- To prepare the most practice-ready graduates in the Health Sciences.
- To create real world on-site practice settings that enhance learning and serve the community.
After each scenario, students, instructors, and facilitators came together to discuss the simulation and what they learned from each other. “We have gotten so used to effective communication amongst ourselves that we forget we need to have that same communication with other healthcare providers” said Kam Singh, a paramedic student a Humber College. “Simulations like this are important because it demonstrates what actually happens in your career and it reflects what you would really do in practice” said Christine Singh, Registered Nurse and Emergency Nursing Student.
To reach its vision and to align with its strategic plan, The School of Health Sciences will continue to develop these interprofessional simulations and create a more integrated, shared approach to learning. The intention is to share resources and knowledge and create a School-wide culture of collaboration!
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