Nursing students simulation with WMed students

Senior BSON students walk first-year WMed students through giving injections

On January 24 and 26, senior students from the WMU Bronson School of Nursing and first year students at the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine collaborated for an interdisciplinary, interprofessional simulation related to vaccinations.

Held at the WMed building in downtown Kalamazoo, the nursing and medical students worked together at four stations set up to educate on the topic of HPV vaccinations while offering insight and understanding about the roles each other can play in various situations.

"It was a great opportunity for students to see everyone's role in the scenario," said Tina Keeler, clinical coordinator of nursing operations. "We received great feedback from students and faculty from both institutions."

The first station in the simulation had a nursing student and medical student explaining benefits and clarifying misconceptions about the HPV vaccination to a concerned parent. At the second station, the students discussed the situation in a debriefing session with faculty members to learn from the valuable experience.

At the third station, senior BSON students helped to instruct first-year med students how to give injections.

Finally, the fourth station offered the students from the two institutions an opportunity to discuss their curriculum to understand the educational path they each go through.

The simulation was a valuable experience for the students and led to greater understanding of the roles and educational experiences of the two groups.

WMed and BSON students after the simulation