Interprofessional Course Featured in University Gazette

This is a picture of nurse educator Carol Durham instructing a student on a human patient simulator.

Dr. Carol Durham looks on as student Katie Zachary evaluates a patient in the simulation lab.

An elective course taught by SON clinical professor Carol Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, and her collaborators clinical assistant professor Kelly Scolaro, PharmD, from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy and assistant professor Benny Joyner, MD, MPH, from the School of Medicine was featured in this week’s issue of the University Gazette. The course, “Interprofessional Teamwork and Communication: Keys to Patient Safety,” is unique because it brings students together from all three schools to work on medical simulation exercises.

“It’s important that these students understand the prevalence of medical and health-care errors and that they have to be part of the solution,” Dr. Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, said in the article. ” Most of them will work in situations where they have someone from the other professions on their team, and it makes sense to have them rehearse that.”

Students learn teamwork strategies by conducting simulations with human patient simulators. They learn how their roles as physicians, nurses, and pharmacists complement each other when addressing medical issues. Students also learn when it might be appropriate for nurses or pharmacists, who are not typically considered team leaders, to speak up and take the lead in caring for patients.

To read more about the course, see the full article on the University Gazette website.