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Simulation volunteers required to play clinical role in 2018

Simulation volunteers required to play clinical role in 2018

Published:14 December 2017

To ensure simulation remains an integral part of health courses, CQUni is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from community volunteers to assist at several 2018 events.

To ensure simulation remains an integral part of health courses, CQUni is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from community volunteers to assist at several 2018 events.

Volunteers, aged 18 and above, will act as simulated patients for the clinical aspect of the Bachelor of Nursing course, as well as project Silver-Q.

Silver-Q, an acronym for Simulated Inter-professional Learning in a Vertically-integrated Environment in Rural Remote and Regional Queensland, is a University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) initiative which is made available to CQUni students.

“The project, which is volunteer dependent, will run at least twice throughout 2018 and help to achieve better communication between health disciplines in a controlled simulated hospital environment,” School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences’ lecturer Nicole Blunt said.

“Volunteers will work with students across a number of disciplines, including medical science, nursing, physiotherapy and paramedic science, at the CQUni Bundaberg campus.”

In addition, volunteer positions are being sought for the clinical aspect of the Bachelor of Nursing course at the CQUni Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Noosa campuses.

“From March 5, 2018, volunteers will be required to provide assistance for anywhere between two hours and two days at a time,” Nicole said.

Before assisting with the 2018 simulation events, prospective volunteers will be interviewed by School academics.

“Academics will assess a volunteer's skillset, availability and clinical scenario adaptability,” Nicole said.

“Successful candidates will undergo free simulation patient training where they will be taught ways in which to portray realistic characters and the medical information required to interact with students during the clinical scenarios.

“Students will not conduct any invasive procedures, instead, clinical scenarios will include, but not limited to, the examination of simulated lung sounds and wound infections.”

Volunteers are not required to have a background in nursing, medical or allied health. Due to the acting component, former volunteers have had performing arts experience.

Volunteers, who lodge an EOI, will be notified of an impending interview time in early February.

For more information or to lodge an EOI, email Cath Haug at c.haug@cqu.edu.au between Tuesday, January 2 and Friday, February 2, 2018.