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BSC Nursing Students Partner with WV School of Osteopathic Medicine Students in Simulated Patient Training Exercise

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    Tuesday, May 13 2014
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and Bluefield State College shared an inter-professional simulated patient experience on Tuesday April 22, 2014 at the WVSOM campus in Lewisburg, WV. "This collaborative effort has been about a year in the making, and we were very excited to see it finally come to fruition," observed Angela Lambert, Dean of the BSC School of Nursing and Allied Health.

The initial steps in preparing for the event required training of the BSC faculty to understand simulation and how to develop scenarios for training. This training occurred during the Fall 2013 Semester. After the faculty training day, WVSOM faculty and administrators worked with BSC faculty to develop the instructional day.

WVSOM hosted more than 70 BSC second year associate degree nursing students to work alongside approximately 200 of their second year medical students. "The day proved to be a learning experience for both groups," Lambert continued. "Medical students noted that they were pleased to have the chance to better understand the role of the nurse. The nursing students expressed how important the simulation experience was to aid in developing their skills as they prepare to work independently upon graduation."

This training will be an ongoing initiative between the schools, according to the BSC Dean. Simulated training has been scheduled for both the Fall and Spring terms of the 2014/2015 academic year. "Faculty at both schools have worked exceptionally well together to create the highest quality learning experience for all students involved," Lambert observed. "It is our intention to grow the inter-professional health care team approach by adding students of Radiologic Technology to upcoming simulations. We are all very excited about this new academic adventure. The WVSOM team has enthusiastically welcomed the BSC School of Nursing and Allied Health. The opportunity provided by this team effort is very valuable to both medical professions."