By Alexander Vesia and Laura Stricker

Someone gets in a single-vehicle car crash. A pedestrian is hit by a tractor-trailer. What do you do?

Those were two of the scenarios emergency nursing and paramedic students tackled during Interprofessional Trauma Day last month.

The students handled those scenarios, as well as several others they may experience on the job in the future. Emphasis was placed on the patient’s transfer of care from paramedics to nurses, highlighting key communication, documentation and physical exchanges between the teams.

Nursing and paramedic students work together in an emergency simulation

Clinical simulations have always been an integral part of Humber’s learning experience. Richard Alvarez, Paramedic professor and Brenda Ridley, program advisor for the High Acuity, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing Certificate led this initiative to help their students learn and apply on-the-job skills.

“Trauma-based education is integral to both the Paramedic and Emergency Nursing certificate programs,” says Ridley. “(These) simulations provide the ideal platform for interprofessional communication, transfer of accountability and expanded understanding of each other’s scope of practice in a safe learning environment.”

After each scenario, students, instructors, and facilitators came together to discuss the simulation and what they learned.

“Simulations like this are important because they … reflect what you would really do (on the job),” said Christine Singh, a registered nurse and emergency nursing student.

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