ABU hosts Interprofessional Education Day


Nursing students became teachers in the classrooms at Alderson Broaddus University.

Alderson Broaddus University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine partnered for a day of interprofessional education.  Up and coming doctors from the osteopathic medical program and ABU’s senior nursing students and LPNs worked together for a hands-on educational experience.

“When you take care of a patient, it is not just about you as a nurse; it’s just not about you as a doctor; it’s about you as a team.  Each person on that team brings different skills that are needed to care for the patient,” said ABU Nursing Professor Gina Maiocco.

The collaborative efforts of each student highlighted the need to build a team in the medical field in and out of the classroom.

“It’s really important for each group to understand how to lead and how to follow,” said Clinical Education Director Rachel Propst.

“Through this process, we’re giving them opportunities to assume those roles and begin to practice that before they are out in the professional field.”

Students worked in teams in a clinical setting throughout various clinical scenarios.  ABU students in the nursing and physician assistant majors acted as the educators for each demonstration.

“Nurses do not often get a chance to share their area of expertise with doctors, but we are moving into a time in medicine where that is crucial,” continued Propst.

“Students can share their knowledge.  They can process current trends in healthcare and understand how each part is integral to providing a complete healthcare experience for each patient.”

Instructors said the Interprofessional Education Day really highlights one major aspect in the medical field, teamwork.

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