Lightning Talk

Patient Safety: The Power of Immersion Simulation for Nursing and Respiratory Therapy Students

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 10:30 am - 11:30 am CDT

The intent of interprofessional education (IPE) is for health professions students to train together before beginning professional practice. Development of synergistic relationships between disciplines builds trust, promotes patient safety, and improves patient outcomes. Traditionally, nursing and respiratory therapy programs have their own clinical rotations and schedules; they are parallel to one another and do not intersect for learning opportunities. This is a barrier to immersion experiences in IPE, and faculty must make concerted efforts to cross borders and foster IPE immersion experiences.

Nursing and respiratory therapy faculty at a midwestern university, from two separate campuses, created and implemented an immersion pilot IPE pediatric simulation experience. The training brought together pre-licensure nursing students and undergraduate respiratory therapy students for a single day of team training in the simulation laboratory. The training focused on the interprofessional education competencies (IPEC) of roles and responsibilities, team and teamwork, and communication. Discussions included “Speak Up for Safety,” which addressed IPEC competencies and patient safety, from high-reliability training. Learners also participated in two pediatric simulation cases using high-fidelity manikins and standardized patients as family members, followed by a large group debrief.

Learner perception of the training indicated 100% of the participants rated the training as highly valuable. The magic was the powerful positive reaction and reflection from standardized patients; their feedback indicated strong advocacy to repeat the training to reach more students. The event required a high degree of time and coordination to design, plan, and implement. Organizing the schedules of two different disciplines and standardized patients was a great challenge, but given the impact and learner response, the benefits outweigh the challenges.

When this training is offered again, faculty would implement more rigorous pre- and post evaluation measures for all involved, as well as invite other IPE partners to join in the training session.