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All together now! – An exploration of the value of a simulated interprofessional learning program for a range of rural health students.

Start Date

19-5-2012 10:30 AM

End Date

19-5-2012 10:45 AM

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Purpose: This paper reports on the design and outcomes of a short learning program undertaken by a range of rurally based pre-graduate health students. The medical, nursing, pharmacy and social work students worked through two simulated case scenarios designed to enhance effective interprofessional teamwork and communication skills. The attitudes and experiences of students who completed the program were evaluated to inform future iterations.

Background: The international literature clearly identifies the needs for greater integration of interprofessional education into the curricula of entry-level health professions to enhance mutual respect, effective team-work and patient-centred care. This paper will report on the design and outcomes of an interprofessional learning program developed at a rural university in Australia.

Description of Program: The learning program was developed by a te of academic and clinical health professionals around the care of two clients with chronic conditions. An evaluation methodology explored the students’ attitudes and experiences of participating in this program. Data consisting of pre and post program surveys, audience response data and qualitative comments. This was analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the program in promoting interprofessional learning.

Results: A majority of participants had pre-conceived ideas about the value of interprofessional learning to their professional practice; however following participation they were overwhelmingly positive about the value of this type of learning to their future practice. They felt the program gave them a greater appreciation of their role within the interprofessional team and provided valuable insights into the scope of practice of their clinical colleagues.

Conclusion: The student participants found this program valuable, stimulating and challenging, with most indicating that they would welcome more opportunities to learn within interprofessional groups. The outcomes may be useful for academic and clinical educators and will inform the expansion of interprofessional learning activities at a rural university inNew South Wales,Australia.

Relevance to interprofessional education: The design of this education program can be replicated and/or adapted to focus on any number of clinical scenarios to engage students in learning together to enhance their teamwork and communication skills.

Learning Objectives: Following the presentation of this paper the audience will be able to:

1. Identify the strategies used to incorporate interprofessional competencies in a short educational program delivered to pre-graduate nursing, medical, pharmacy and social work students based at a rural university inAustralia.

2. Explain the use of simulation technology within the interprofessional education (IPE) and/or practice program delivered to a range of health students based at a rural university inAustralia.

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All together now! – An exploration of the value of a simulated interprofessional learning program for a range of rural health students.

Purpose: This paper reports on the design and outcomes of a short learning program undertaken by a range of rurally based pre-graduate health students. The medical, nursing, pharmacy and social work students worked through two simulated case scenarios designed to enhance effective interprofessional teamwork and communication skills. The attitudes and experiences of students who completed the program were evaluated to inform future iterations.

Background: The international literature clearly identifies the needs for greater integration of interprofessional education into the curricula of entry-level health professions to enhance mutual respect, effective team-work and patient-centred care. This paper will report on the design and outcomes of an interprofessional learning program developed at a rural university in Australia.

Description of Program: The learning program was developed by a te of academic and clinical health professionals around the care of two clients with chronic conditions. An evaluation methodology explored the students’ attitudes and experiences of participating in this program. Data consisting of pre and post program surveys, audience response data and qualitative comments. This was analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the program in promoting interprofessional learning.

Results: A majority of participants had pre-conceived ideas about the value of interprofessional learning to their professional practice; however following participation they were overwhelmingly positive about the value of this type of learning to their future practice. They felt the program gave them a greater appreciation of their role within the interprofessional team and provided valuable insights into the scope of practice of their clinical colleagues.

Conclusion: The student participants found this program valuable, stimulating and challenging, with most indicating that they would welcome more opportunities to learn within interprofessional groups. The outcomes may be useful for academic and clinical educators and will inform the expansion of interprofessional learning activities at a rural university inNew South Wales,Australia.

Relevance to interprofessional education: The design of this education program can be replicated and/or adapted to focus on any number of clinical scenarios to engage students in learning together to enhance their teamwork and communication skills.

Learning Objectives: Following the presentation of this paper the audience will be able to:

1. Identify the strategies used to incorporate interprofessional competencies in a short educational program delivered to pre-graduate nursing, medical, pharmacy and social work students based at a rural university inAustralia.

2. Explain the use of simulation technology within the interprofessional education (IPE) and/or practice program delivered to a range of health students based at a rural university inAustralia.