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Partnering with patients to teach new nurses

08/05/2018
Testing a simulation scenario for the clinical decision-making workshop.

Photo above: Testing a simulation scenario for the clinical decision-making workshop.

To ease the transition from student to independent practitioner, new nurses must have support, a positive workplace environment and education opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills to make sound clinical decisions. Of course, clinical decision-making doesn't occur in isolation of the nurse-patient relationship and the need to ensure care that is respectful of and responsive to patient preferences and values.

To better meet the needs of both nurses and patients, Clinical Education has partnered with Patient Family Partners (PFPs) from the VCH Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN) to redesign the new grad nurse clinical decision-making workshop. The new workshop will include simulation and integrate concepts of person-centred care into best practice in clinical decision-making.

PFPs collaborated with Clinical Education team members in the simulation scenario design and are part of the implementation and evaluation phases of this pilot. The PFPs attended the simulation strategy workshop on March 14, 2018 with regional clinical educators to learn how to co-debrief simulation events.

Standardized patients (SPs) played the designated patient roles and this serves to add authenticity to the learner's experience. 

The workshop launched on April 6, 2018 with overwhelmingly positive feedback from the 22 new grad nurses who participated!   

Thanks to the PFPs for your support of this program. And congratulations to the new grad project team from Clinical Education who has worked hard to make this vision a reality!

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