Recently, senior nursing students participated in a multidisciplinary simulation exercise in the School’s Clinical Learning Center (CLC). With the help of volunteers from Westminster Canterbury role playing as patients, students were evaluated on their ability to delegate and prioritize care. They were joined by students from the School of Pharmacy, the School of Social Work and a resident from VCHS Internal Medicine also participated in the simulation.
“When these students go to work in a hospital, they will need to know how to care for multiple patients at once. Learning together sets the tone for collaboration and mutual respect with other health care professionals,” said Sandy Voll, M.S., R.N., director of the CLC and clinical assistant professor at the VCU School of Nursing.
During the simulation, students faced a variety of critical safety issues and realistic situations including patient fall risk, assisting disoriented patients with altered mental status, dealing with family member issues and addressing sudden adverse health events.

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