SILVER-Q multidisciplinary simulation program provides a healthy dose of realism

Published:12 April 2018

Highlights from the SILVER-Q multidisciplinary simulation program hosted by CQUniversity Bundaberg.

CQUniversity Nursing and Physiotherapy students have taken part in a multidisciplinary deteriorating patient simulation training session in Bundaberg.

The SILVER-Q multidisciplinary simulation program was hosted by the Nursing laboratories at CQUniversity Bundaberg.

The event was conducted in collaboration with medical students from the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School.

Actors from the local community were on hand to play the role of patients, making the event as realistic as possible.

CQUni Nursing lecturer Nicole Blunt says academics tend to focus on their own discipline while recognising that healthcare is expected to work in a multidisciplinary way.

"Students do not get the exposure to work alongside other disciplines unless they are on placement or when they actually are expected to take on the role when they have completed their degree," she says.

"Most of the time this is inadequate or students are placed in situations where this exposure is protected by their preceptors/mentors when on placement.

"The collaboration with other disciplines through Silver-Q helps the students understand their own role, where their role fits within the multidisciplinary team, the roles of other disciplines and where they fit within their own role.

"Communication is the leading learning objective however the students were able to practice all skills which they have learned in their discipline.

"All students felt that this type of training would be very beneficial for their learning, especially using real actors. There were very positive comments made, especially from senior medical supervisors who had not participated before."