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Partnership Between School of Social Welfare and School of Nursing Inspires Learning

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Ssw nursing collab groupThe School of Social Welfare Office of Field Education, in collaboration with the School of Nursing, held the second Interprofessional Simulation Education event on February 27 for 37 undergraduate and graduate students. 

This simulation gave students the unique opportunity to reenact real-life situations of two integral case studies in a supportive learning environment. The simulation was led by the Office of Field Education professors and School of Nursing staff and was held in the nursing simulation lab. Both nursing and social work students worked together to develop effective care plans for a patient, while identifying potential risks and ways both professions can better work together to support the patient along with a goal of preventing the patient from returning to the hospital.

An interactive debriefing was held after the simulation, where the students openly discussed how they learned from each other and how they can use this learning in the future. The discussion brought awareness to the benefits of interprofessional work. Due to popular demand, another simulation lab will take place in April.

Ssw nursing collab 2“We’re very pleased to work with social work for our interdisciplinary simulations,” said Erin Zazzera, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing. “The two disciplines work closely together in the home environment and students from social work and nursing enjoy collaborating during case studies. The simulations are a great way to practice patient care in a safe environment. We’re very happy that our undergraduate students are a part of it.”

“It is incredible to see social work and nursing students come together in a supportive learning environment to challenge themselves to work together for the betterment of their patients,” said Jeanette Lukas, clinical assistant professor, Office of Field Education. “The openness of students to engage in interprofessional collaborative simulation is a unique experience that can assist students in building an understanding of situations that they may never have access to in their practicum and provides them with critical thinking skills for their future.”

For more information, contact Jeanette.Lukas@stonybrook.edu.

— Jennifer Davidson

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