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Paramedic & Nursing Students Learning Side-by-Side (IPE)

Posted by Joan McCleish, RN, PhD on Apr 2, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Mercy College BSN and Paramedic students participated in an Inter Professional Education (IPE) session where various simulations were provided for students to experience emergency room simulations utilizing mannequins ranging from geriatric care to full cardiac arrest. These experiences are in advance of clinical rotations to give students opportunities to translate classroom instruction and practice teamwork across professions.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing:Leading Change, Advancing Health, identifies interprofessional collaboration among health care providers as an essential part of improving the accessibility, quality, and value of health care in the United States.1


“I feel like the joint training between students in nursing and paremedics is valuable and will help establish better working relationships between the two.” John Gutzman, Mercy College Paramedic student

"I've always been a hands-on learner, so getting to experience a real-life scenario and putting our skills we have learned to use with other students helped bring everything full circle. The collaboration and communication between paramedic and nursing students is important to ensure good patient outcomes. Learning this now will hopefully solidify the understanding of that life-or-death concept." Lucas Stalzer, 2nd semester Mercy College BSN student.

The faculty who initiated the concept behind this IPE were Mercy Nursing Professors Brandi Tomlinson ASN'09, BSN'10, RN, MSN & Rebecca Orvella RN, MSN. Reflecting on the students actions, they noted "we were really excited to see future nurses in the making during the IPE experience, and confirms why we became nursing educators." 

1. American Journal of Nursing, March 2015.

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Topics: Inter Professional Education (IPE)