At RMU, undergraduate nursing students, graduate nurse practitioner students, medical residents, and medical students participate in interprofessional simulations in which standardized patients, professional actors, portray patients with symptoms of chronic disease conditions, including psychiatric disorders. This is an increasingly popular educational method in medical schools however RMU is a pioneer in using this methodology for nursing and health sciences.
These simulations afford participants an opportunity to face difficult and realistic situations with patients in a risk-free environment. Students receive real-time feedback on their clinical and communication skills. Faculty members develop the scenarios and the actors are carefully coached to simulate actual patients.
With healthcare administration students, simulation activities are utilized to depict administrative type situations, such as a root cause analysis (RCA) meeting following a serious (sentinel) event. Faculty members develop the sentinel event scenario and assign the students roles such as the Chief Quality Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, Patient Safety Officer or Director of Pharmacy. Following the scenario, there is a debriefing of the analysis, providing feedback to the entire class.
In 2013, RMU received a three year federal grant totaling $923,000 to expand the number of students enrolled in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program and incorporate interprofessional educational competencies in the curriculum. The grant program is formally known as the Access to Interprofessional Mental Health Education (AIME) project. Its goals are to ease the shortage of mental healthcare providers, educate nurse practitioners to treat patients with multiple chronic health conditions -- including mental illness -- and teach all types of healthcare providers to work as a team.
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Integrating Nursing Simulations and Production to Improve Relationships with Elders
The goal of the INSPIRE project is to enhance person-centered care of our seniors through improved education and training methods for our healthcare workers. Ultimately, this will improve their quality of life by placing decision making with the elder or those that work closest to them, and empowering the care partners who are involved in the daily care by flattening the traditional hierarchy of decision making thereby placing greater independence over each elder’s daily life.
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TeamSTEPPS (c) is a teamwork training system developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and Department of Defense and used throughout the United States in healthcare systems. The ultimate goal of TeamSTEPPS training is to enhance patient safety and decrease medical errors. Our SNHS students receive this teamwork training throughout all simulation experiences in the RISE Center through instruction by faculty who has been prepared as TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers.
The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Robert Morris University partners with four Pittsburgh-area health care organizations in a federally-funded initiative to help reduce preventable hospital admissions among long-stay nursing home residents, which cost the nation as much as $8 billion each year.
The regional effort is one of seven nationwide that received a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) aimed at improving care at nursing homes and reducing preventable hospitalizations.
Leading the initiative locally is UPMC Community Provider Services. Heritage Valley Health System, Excela Health, and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation are also partners. These organizations will work with 16 nursing homes in Western Pennsylvania to keep residents from returning to the hospital unnecessarily.
Pittsburgh has one of the highest hospital readmissions rates in the United States, according to the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative. Readmission is when a patient must return to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. The federal Affordable Care Act – the health care reform package President Obama signed into law in 2010 – includes financial incentives for health systems to work collaboratively with a wide range of long-term care and community partners to reduce preventable hospitalizations, as well as penalties for hospitals with high readmission rates.