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Nursing, Medicine Collaborate on Teamwork Training

A total of 175 students from Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University School of Medicine will convene March 21-22 at the School of Nursing to explore ways to promote optimal patient care and patient safety. 

Faculty from both Schools will facilitate discussion of roles and responsibilities as outlined in the national TeamSTEPPS initiative. TeamSTEPPS training is an evidence-based teamwork system developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.

Nursing students and medical students will participate in small group simulations where they will assume roles of patient, nurse, or physician. Fifteen simultaneous simulations will be conducted in the Center for Nursing Discovery (CND) at the School of Nursing. According to CND Director Margie Molloy, MSN, RN, CNE, an important goal is for each student to gain an appreciation for the roles of nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals, and to explore ways to communicate more efficiently and support each other in a patient care situation. 

"This is a very exciting undertaking for us here at the School of Nursing," Molloy said. "We have been meeting with representatives from the School of Medicine over the last several months in preparation for the event. Collaborating on the TeamSTEPPS training will provide a win-win learning experience for all the students who participate." Kathleen Turner, MSN, RN, has been the point person from the School of Nursing. Alison Clay, MD, has represented the School of Medicine.

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 800 individuals enrolled for Spring 2012 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.