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Local medical students in hospital simulation

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UQ medical students and CQUni nursing students experienced ‘real world’ hospital simulation in Bundaberg Hospital. Photo: contributed.

Local UQ medical students have put their knowledge to the test as they worked with nursing students from the CQUniversity recently in life-like simulated hospital settings at UQ’s Bundaberg Regional Clinical Unit.

Throughout the simulated experience the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School medical students and CQU nursing students worked side-by-side to support, diagnose and treat simulated real-life patients played by actors, who presented with a range of symptoms or injuries.

Each patient scenario was designed to give participants an insight to how each clinical role fits within a multi-disciplinary team as they interact and communicate with each other to treat a patient.

Following each scenario, students debriefed with each other and the clinical facilitators from each discipline to understand what actions worked well and what areas could be improved.

The University of Queensland Medical student Jesse said it was a pleasure to work with the student nurses, simulated patients, and senior clinicians involved in the exciting program, Silver Q.

“The student nurses were incredibly kind and were very good communicators,” Jesse said.

“Senior staff were incredibly supportive and gave fantastic feedback and advice.

“The simulated patients made the experience very immersive and were a wealth of insightful feedback.”

Silver Q is an program that involves a series of collaborative scenarios aimed at achieving teamwork and better communication between disciplines in a controlled simulated hospital environment.

An acronym for ‘Simulated Inter-professional Learning in a Vertically integrated Environment in Rural, Remote and Regional Queensland’, Silver Q is an initiative developed and delivered by The University of Queensland’s Rural Clinical School with CQUniversity as a partner.

The collaboration between disciplines through Silver Q helps the students prepare and understand their own role, and how their unique experience and training fits within a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

“The most valuable advice that I received from the instructors at Silver Q was to take a deep breath and work through the case in a calm and systematic manner,” Jesse said.

“I was very anxious at first, but I improved super quickly and was quite comfortable with my performance by the end.

“I now feel vastly more comfortable in assessing and managing patients in acute situations.

“It gives me confidence that I'm progressing well to becoming a good intern doctor next year.

“I'm very grateful for everyone who organized and participated in Silver Q and would heartily recommend it to any nursing or medical student.”

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