Kettering College Students Learn Importance of Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Annual Disaster Simulation

On June 9, 2017, 140 Kettering College students participated in the 4th annual mass disaster simulation in the IPE Simulation Center. The disaster simulation incorporated students from every division at Kettering College, either portraying a victim or a healthcare provider. Also included in the simulation were students from the Nextern program sponsored by Kettering Health Network and the Ponitz program.

Kettering College has been the leader in simulations in the Dayton-area for several years. Interprofessional training and education at Kettering College continue to grow each year as it partners with departments in Kettering Health Network to bring these specific learning techniques for Kettering College students, medical residency students, and other nursing departments.

Cassidy Hayes, a senior nursing major, was a participant as a victim in this year’s simulation. Hayes spent about 15 minutes getting moulage (mock wounds) expertly applied before the simulation took place. Hayes expressed how much she learned about being a healthcare provider from the perspective of a victim. “You realize how patient and calm you need to be,” she said. “As a victim, I learned how important it was to be communicated with, in a chaotic situation like this, with what the healthcare professionals were going to do.”

Kettering College student gets moulage (mock wounds) applied to her face

A Kettering College student gets moulage (mock wounds) applied to her face in preparation for the annual mass disaster simulation.

During simulations like this at Kettering College, students learn to work together and collaborate. “Students praise the learning and collaboration that takes place among the participants as an excellent way to improve communication among the healthcare teams,” said Donna Moore, the IPE Simulation Center Director.

The planning and coordination of this event are led by the IPE Simulation task force that meets monthly to plan such activities. Represented by faculty from each division at Kettering College, the task force created the mass casualty scenario, discussed learning objectives, identified which wounds to simulate and collected supplies.

The simulation from the previous year, as well as this year was part of an Interprofessional Research project being conducted by Dr. Shanese Higgins from the Occupational Therapy doctoral program. She presented her study in a poster presentation in Philadelphia in March.

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