Collaboration helps nurses be more ‘job-ready’

NursingA collaboration between St John of God Murdoch Hospital and Murdoch University will provide nursing students with hands-on learning experiences to prepare them to enter the workforce.

Health Workforce Australia has provided nearly $700,000 to develop new simulated learning activities that are designed to expand students’ practical skills through high quality clinical training at the hospital’s MURTEC training centre and facilities at the University’s South Street and Peel campuses.

Dr Max Sully, from the School of Health Professions at Murdoch University, said the collaboration would enhance the quality of the nursing and health related degree programs on offer, and make graduates more ‘job-ready’.

”Developing closer ties with St John of God Murdoch Hospital opens up a range of new opportunities for the University. It will also allow us to research and further develop our use of simulation learning in the training of nurses and other health professionals,” he said.

”Simulation learning allows us to influence the applied learning experience for the student. We can simulate critical care scenarios, which a student on placement may only rarely be exposed to.”

St John of God Murdoch Hospital Director of Workforce Leanne Merchant said the practical training will not only enhance students’ clinical placement experience, but develop the attributes that are required for the nursing profession.

”This will consolidate the students’ technical ability, as well develop their team work and communication skills,” she said.

”It will also give them an understanding of employers’ expectations to ease their transition into the industry.”

Five new staff will be appointed, including two academic specialists in simulated learning. These experts will assist in developing the simulation resources and capacity at both institutions and will conduct research into the most effective use of simulation learning.

The funding will support the first 18 months of the three-year project, beginning in January 2014. It is hoped the balance of the funding will be approved in the next financial year.

This project was possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia.

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