DWU athletic training, nursing students conduct interdisciplinary response simulation
Monday, April 14, 2014
The DWU Department of Athletic Training and the DWU Arlene Gates Department of Nursing combined forces for an interdisciplinary response simulation to allow students in both departments the opportunity to experience a realistic emergency situation.
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The scene began with two DWU football players, Matt McManus and Tanner Munk, during a mock practice on the DWU practice field. When Munk took a pretend bad hit, DWU athletic trainers on duty responded to the scene under the supervision of Dr. John Swisher, with Avera Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, acting as the team physician. The football player suffered a spinal injury and the athletic trainers assessed the situation, determined treatment and carried it out, all while being photographed and videoed by DWU personnel, as well as a Daily Republic photographer and TV crew from KSFY out of Sioux Falls.
“The DWU athletic training and nursing departments have been working collaboratively since the Corrigan Health Sciences Center opened this fall to create experiences for our students,” said Lana Loken, athletic training professor and clinical education coordinator. “We began by creating laboratory experiences utilizing the simulation equipment available through the simulation labs within the nursing department. As we progressed, we began discussing the need for more interdisciplinary exposure for our students.
“Our goal for the event was to provide a realistic experience for our students which would not only challenge their knowledge and skills, but to also expose them to the realistic interdisciplinary culture of healthcare,” Loken added. “Healthcare providers do not work in a vacuum. We work together with others who are trained to fulfill a specific role in the healthcare system.”
After the athletic trainers were met by EMTs (one nursing and one athletic training student acting as EMTs), the patient was carried on a backboard to the Corrigan Health Sciences Center. Here, the groups took a break to regroup upstairs in the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing, where the Thompson Simulation Labs were set up as a hospital emergency room.
Enter the DWU nursing students, supervised by Dr. Martin Christensen, Mitchell physician, acting as the ER doctor. He took the students through the process of treating the patient, which was replaced by a simulation manikin. DWU nursing professors stood outside the room and supervised the process from monitors, feeding information about the patient’s vitals to the students through the P.A. system.
“Both departments worked together closely for a couple months planning the scenario’s details, partnering with physicians, and encouraging students to join in on this learning experience,” said Carena Jarding, assistant professor of nursing. “No grades were attached to this, as we wanted to offer a fun, engaging, yet realistic scene that students could connect theory with clinical practice in a nonthreatening and safe environment.”
The simulation labs are set up to be monitored and recorded for educational purposes, and the footage was broadcast into an adjoining classroom for other athletic training students and nurses to observe.
“Reaching across disciplines is vital for the healthcare continuum, and students are learning that firsthand here at DWU. This experience could not have been done without the help of willing participants, and amazing physicians,” Jarding said. “These students will carry this experience with them into their practice to positively impact the outcome of their future healthcare participants.”
To add to the realism, a distraught family member burst into the ER. Wyonne Kaemingk, nursing professor and A.A. program director, played the patient’s mother, and student nurses had a realistic experience calming her down and extracting her from the room. Then students watched as Dr. Christensen talked through the patient’s prognosis with her. In the end, their efforts were rewarded when the patient stabilized and responded to treatment.
“I feel that Friday’s event was an example of a very real situation which can occur any day, and that the individuals involved demonstrated their ability to work together to provide an optimum outcome for our patient,” Loken said. “We hope this is the first of many similar experiences we can provide for our students in the future.”
DWU offers a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training; an Associate of Science two-year nursing program; and a fully online upward mobility Bachelor of Science program in nursing. The placement rate for A.T. students into graduate school or employment is 95 percent, and the 40-year-old DWU nursing program has a 100 percent placement rate.