An interprofessional nursing and pharmacy student simulation in acute pain management
Keywords:Pain, Simulation, Safety, Pharmacy, Nursing
Background: A team simulation was designed to expose nursing and pharmacy students to interprofessional teamwork.
Aim: The goals were to emphasise patient safety in acute pain management, gauge change in attitudes about interprofessional learning, and have students understand more about the roles of different professions.
Methods: Teams of four students collaborated during the simulation. Learners completed pre- and post-surveys to measure attitudes toward interprofessional learning and change in clinical confidence. Students provided reflection regarding their perceptions about the interprofessional simulation.
Results: There was a positive shift among all students in attitudes from pre- to post-simulation. Differences between nursing and a cohort of pharmacy students were found for confidence in clinical skills, with nursing students gaining more confidence from participating in the simulation. Student reflection demonstrated that 42% had a better understanding of others’ roles in patient care post-simulation.
Conclusion: This simulated activity emphasised how interprofessional teamwork can improve patient safety, encouraged students to develop new working relationships, and enhanced role identification around acute pain management.
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