Kettering College Nursing Students to Collaborate with Wright State Medical Residents in Simulation Exercise

Interactive learning experience will take place during final two weeks of March.

Kettering, OH - 3/20/2009

Kettering, Ohio (Mar. 20) – The Kettering College of Medical Arts Division of Nursing will 

collaborate with Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine for a three-day interdisciplinary simulation training exercise over the last two weeks of March.  The exercise will be conducted on Monday, March 23, from 1-4 p.m.; on Monday, March 30, from 1-4 p.m.; and on Tuesday, March 31, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at WSU’s Cox Building, located at 3525 Southern Blvd. in Kettering.

Nursing students in their final semester at Kettering College will pair with second-year medical residents from Wright State in a program designed to improve the skills and communication among health care providers using a cutting-edge approach to education called the Team STEPP method.  The student nurses and residents will participate together in two simulations using interactive mannequins. The scenarios will involve the care and resuscitation of two patients experiencing health-related complications. The students will rely on each other and on the expertise each side brings to the situation to successfully treat the “patients.”

The learning experience is a culmination of the combined efforts of faculty members Donna Moore and Peggy Allyn from the Kettering College nursing department and, from the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dr. Ray TenEyck, associate director of public health; Dan Kirkpatrick, assistant director of emergency medicine; and emergency medical technician Jeff Adams.

“This is an opportunity for nursing students to work with medical residents as a team. For years, nursing and medicine practiced different disciplines and were educated separately. This experience brings the two disciplines together to work as a team and to obtain the best results for patients,” said Moore. “Being able to create experiences for nurses and physicians to practice on high-fidelity mannequins, in a safe environment without harm to real patients, is incredible.”

Team STEPPs are Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety. They involve the transfer of information, along with authority and responsibility, during transitions in care, including the opportunity to ask questions, clarify and confirm. Examples of transitions in care include shift changes, physicians transferring complete responsibility, and patient transfers.

About Kettering College of Medical Arts

Kettering College of Medical Arts is a fully accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health science education.  A division of Kettering Medical Center, the College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, and is chartered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Kettering College offers certificate programs, Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees, and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

Born out of Adventist faith and upholding Christ, Kettering College educates students to make service a life calling and to view health as harmony with God in body, mind, and spirit. Eighty percent of Kettering College graduates live and work in Ohio, with the majority settling in the Dayton area.

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