Learning Non-Technical Skills in Joint Simulations with Professionals

 In the Health and Social Care faculty of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences more attention has been paid to practicing multiprofessional co-operation during nursing education. For example, in autumn 2018 a joint multiprofessional simulation training was held with the Accident and Emergency unit of South Karelia Central Hospital and the Social and health care district.

The simulation plan was designed by the nursing students of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences as a part of their Bachelor`s  thesis, which they write for the Sharing Learning from Practice to Improve Patient Safety project (SLIPPS). The simulation plan and the simulation itself was supervised by teachers participating in the SLIPPS-project and an anesthesiologist and a traumatology doctor from South Karelia Central Hospital. The participants to simulation were the anesthesiologist and the traumatology doctor, who participated in this simulation in their own professional roles, and one teacher, who used the mannequin SimMan. Four nursing students and two paramedic students were acting in full scale simulation with the doctors while the rest of nursing students were following the simulation from another room.

In this joint simulation the goal was to learn non-technical skills in a demanding situation. This training focused on skills such as leadership, decision making, situation awareness, and communication. The students got an opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive environment both from experienced professionals and together with them.
Healthcare simulations have traditionally focused on reducing errors. However, most of the treatment is successful. Successful and correct activities should also be learned. The learning from success approach means that healthcare professionals actively work towards best possible balance between efficiency, thoroughness, and safety for the individual patient and within the healthcare system (Dieckmann, Patterson, Lahlou, Mesman, Nyström and Krage, 2017). In this simulation traning the students were able to participate in a successful nursing situation where professionals carried out non-technical skills correctly. The intention is to continue and further develop these joint simulations between professionals and students. The feedback has been positive from both parties.


Reference: Peter Dieckmann, Mary Patterson, Saadi Lahlou, Jessica Mesman, Patrik Nyström and Ralf Krage. (2017) Variation and Adaptation: Learning from Success in Patient Safety-Oriented Simulation tTaining. Advances in Simulation 2:21.1-14



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