Mr DeMille, nurses are ready for their close-up.
Students at CQUniversity are drawing on their theatre, drama and improvised acting skills as part of a new tag team simulation.
Professor Kerry Reid-Searl said it's helping nursing students focus on patient safety before they graduate.
The Tag Team Patient Safety Simulation (TTPSS) sessions are guided by the ‘director’ of a semi-structured script based on one or several National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards.
In the ‘play’, one student assumes the role of a patient, which the educator/director introduces through prologue.
The other students form the rest of the cast or the audience. Should an audience member feel they can contribute something, they can tag a member of the cast to switch roles.
At intermission, the students are encouraged to reflect on the scene that unfolded and its outcomes.
Reid-Searl said the approach actively engages large groups of students and promotes an "all inclusive" approach to student participation in simulation
“It helps graduates meet industry expectations of work-readiness by understanding healthcare team roles, by developing and enhancing communication, and through problem identification, teamwork and decision-making.
“Our project addresses the specific knowledge, skills and attributes industry expects of nursing students and graduate nurses regarding patient safety."Do you have an idea for a story?
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