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Nursing students enhance real life skills during simulation event

Communication, leadership and clinical reasoning – these are some of the skills that CQUniversity Bachelor of Nursing student Jessica de Zylva was able to develop at a recent student-led simulation event on the Noosa campus.

The much-anticipated learning opportunity focused on how to treat and monitor patients with chest pain and incorporated MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) technology.

Students were required to participate in a clinical scenario, which allowed them to care for MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) character Norm, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, after he was rushed to the emergency department for chest pain.

Jessica said the event was a perfect way to hone her skills in a safe clinical environment.


CQUniversity Bachelor of Nursing students, pictured with MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) character Norm, recently participated in a manikin simulation event on the Noosa campus.

“My learning goal going into the event was to practice my clinical reasoning skills and gain confidence in undertaking hands-on scenarios. I certainly achieved this,” Ms de Zylva said.

“I also learned a lot about the importance of debriefing after learning opportunities, such as this. During the debriefing session, we really got to understand how our thoughts and feelings affected our actions, as well as the strategies we could use to overcome any challenges next time.

“As student nurses, we learn about the importance of reflection through the theoretical aspects of the course. However, this event allowed us to reflect and learn within a non-judgemental, fun, real-life environment.”

Ms de Zylva said that she hoped to attend as many of these events as she could during her time left with CQUniversity.

“This was my first-ever simulation event. I have wanted to attend for some time, but I seemed to always be busy with work, family or study. This time, I was determined to make it happen,” she said.

“As a distance student, going to a campus and networking is a highlight of any event. It was great to expand my knowledge and network with my peers at the same time.

“Any extra time I can have in a safe clinical environment is so beneficial to my learning, so I hope to utilise events like this to further my learning as often as possible.”

Event convenor CQUniversity Industry Liaison Educator Colleen Ryan said it was great to see students take full advantage of the day of innovative simulation practice.

“Events like these are developed to enhance students’ knowledge of nursing practice, in accordance with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards,” Ms Ryan said.

“It also gives local CQUniversity clinical professionals a chance to interact with students using MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) technology.

“The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences hosts three of these events per year. This is the second for 2019, with the third event being offered mid-November (2019), and I hope to see the same number of students, if not more, enjoy it.”

Source: CQU

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