An innovative simulation education program using real people to train health students is being extended to TAFE SA.
The simulation training uses real people who have been trained to portray patients in life-like scenarios and was such a hit with students that it is now being extended to other TAFE SA campuses across rural South Australia.
The first simulation workshop gave students the opportunity to practice essential nursing skills in areas such as client assessment, wound care, aseptic techniques, patient transfers, pressure injury prevention, vital signs, medication management, and communication.
The simulation training, funded by the Australian Government
, is being offered to undergraduate students throughout regional SA and south west Victoria.
Ten students were involved in the inaugural training session in Mount Gambier and according to TAFE SA Enrolled Nursing lecturer Karen Gould, it was well received and beneficial.
“The opportunity offered through the use of simulated patients allows the students to undertake their skills-based training in an environment that replicates the working environment,” Ms Gould said.
“Being able to talk to the patient and get feedback is an invaluable learning tool,” she said.
“It gave them the feeling of actually being nurses and working in a realistic situation.”
Ms Gould said this type of training helped students to identify what they need to work on to improve their skills.
“It’s totally different to working on your fellow students. To train with people you don’t know and who are from the relevant age helped them to relate to the situation,” she said.
Ms Gould said it was expected the simulated patient training would continue in Mount Gambier and other locations.
“We’re very excited about the huge potential this has across the state,” she said.
TAFE SA has campuses across SA including at Mt Barker, Whyalla, Renmark, Port Pirie, Victor Harbour and the Barossa Valley.
“The trainers from the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health were superb and I think it will be a wonderful relationship going forward for nursing in general,” Ms Gould said.
There are currently four groups of students at different stages of the course in Mount Gambier with the next intake in February 2015.
Find out more information about Nursing courses at TAFE SA.