Students in the UAA Paramedic Program and Nursing Program participated in an interdisciplinary simulation involving an active shooter incident at a Women’s Health Center on the Mat-Su College campus. The event was the semester’s final scenario-based practical exam for the paramedic students who demonstrated their knowledge of mass casualty incident management, triage, trauma care and maternal and newborn care, including complications of childbirth and neonatal resuscitation. Nursing students from the Matanuska-Susitna College outreach cohort volunteered to provide additional support and add realism to the simulated healthcare setting. The project was a joint effort between School of Nursing, EMS Training and Education, and the College of Health’s newly appointed simulation network coordinator, Lisa Behrens.
“The focus on simulation moves us into the future of healthcare education, as it provides a safe environment for students to practice in high-acuity/high-stress patient care situations,” said Behrens. “This vision and work by the COH ultimately improve patient safety and outcomes in real-world healthcare situations our graduates will face in their future careers,” she added.
Simulation involving nursing and paramedic students is not new to the Mat-Su campus. Associate Professor of Nursing Dorothy Kinley, RN, MS, and Assistant Professor of Paramedical Technology Dane Wallace, NRP, have coordinated on several occasions to produce realistic simulations that emphasize the collaborative nature of modern healthcare. “We have a good relationship between the programs, and the students have found the collaborative simulations beneficial. It promotes the type of interdisciplinary collaboration that is a must in today’s healthcare environment.” Kinley said. The two are planning additional interdisciplinary learning opportunities going forward.
School is out for the summer, but camp is in! Teens from across the state recently gathered on UAA’s campus for Recruiting and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing’s (RRANN) Camp, an intensive three-day experience introducing them to the world of health care and nursing.
This report details the health care occupations Alaska employers reported were most difficult to fill. It also introduces new data on occupational retention and provides occupational and demographic data on the existing health care workforce to help identify why some occupations are especially difficult for employers to fill. That information is intended to inform decisions about education, training, and other workforce development efforts.
Based roughly on the Amazing Race television show, about 90 interested health students and their guests (parents and family) raced around campus in March learning about the many programs the COH has to offer in the medical and health occupations.
Students found 28 challenge stations each with a unique task or challenge to complete before they could get a sticker and move on. Throughout the race, student clubs hosted “feeding stations” with food and refreshments, to develop interest in clubs. The young minds, the atmosphere of fun competition, and the great activities made it a night to remember.
Prizes included a 3-credit tuition waiver, a semester parking pass, an Amazon Echo, an Instapot, and many $25 gift cards. Some students were really competitive, completing 24 of the 28 stations, and others were asking questions and learning all they could.
There are already plans for next year’s Amazing Race Academic Insight Day, with the goal of making it even more successful and an event that will grow each year.