17 Mar 2017
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast nursing students were put to the test undertaking hands on exercises to learn the important skills of managing deteriorating patients in emergency situations.
Running these scenarios is vital for students to learn and practice the skills required whilst out on industry placement and eventually working in industry as an enrolled nurse.
“The simulation consolidates the students learning to perform in the current workforce and when experienced within the roles, students will be able to anticipate, react and respond professionally in clinical settings”, said Ms. Yellowley, a nursing teacher with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.
To simulate real patient care, students learn in a hospital setting with a manikin that is functional to the specific techniques that they will learn. One team of students are nurses who monitor the patient, performing skills such as taking vital observations and blood sugar levels, assessing the patient such as pain and level of consciousness.
If the patient continues to deteriorate the nurses decide when to call an emergency with the second group of students practicing the rolls of the emergency team, responding to the emergency and taking over as care providers until the patient is stable.
Students describe the exercise as extremely helpful as they feel like they’re in the real environment with the manikins making it so realistic.
“It’s one thing to learn critical thinking but it’s great to have the hands on opportunity to apply these skills to a real situation”, said Ms. Hetherington, a nursing student.
A debrief allows students to analyse their own and team performance and identify what they would do differently next time.
Clinical Lab Coordinator Renee Hastrich says the best feedback they receive is after the students have been out on placement in industry when they start to experience these situations in a real hospital.
“They (students) let the teaching staff know how it “clicked”; they knew everyone’s roles and were able to perform their tasks within the team. That is the true advantage to running these simulated scenarios”, said Ms. Hastich.
Other clinical skills learned during the exercise include documentation, basic patient assessment, pain assessment, respiratory assessment, verbal handovers, airway management, taking vital observations and blood sugar levels, neurological observations, neurovascular observations, medication administration, basic and advanced life support including CPR as well as the skill of communication, which is vital in any nursing setting.
For more information about studying nursing visit www.tafegoldcoast.edu.au/nursing