Clinical laboratory science, nursing team up on simulation lab workshops

CLS Class of 2020
The WSU Applebaum clinical laboratory science class of 2020 participated in the workshops.

Under the direction of Assistant Professor MaryAnne Stewart, the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program implemented a new hospital-based simulation laboratory that incorporated the entire Wayne State University College of Nursing second-year BSN cohort.

"This initiative demonstrates our commitment to encouraging health care teams, as these future professional nurses and clinical lab scientists will be working closely together in a hospital," Stewart said.

In June, students from both programs participated in the simulation, which aimed to examine peer-peer, problem-based learning approaches in microbiology, hematology, chemistry and transfusion medicine. Students in both programs are traditionally taught specific clinical material to develop them into highly skilled practitioners; the concept of interprofessional education aims to connect health care teams with the ultimate goal of unifying approaches that support quality patient care.

The aim of this initiative is to encourage CLS and nursing students to foster relationships and teamwork that maximize each member’s knowledge and skillset.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding and respecting the roles, responsibilities and scope of practice of one’s own profession and of other health care professions
  • Communicating expected roles of each participating health care team
  • Understanding how a patient-centric team modality adds to safe and competent care of patients
  • Recognizing how respect of all team members is vital to effective communication
  • Enhanced understanding of interprofessional teamwork

"Given the professional interactions that occur between clinical laboratories and nursing on a daily basis, exposure to these two entities early in their professional development is requisite. The interprofessional education model aims to increase patient care safety," Stewart said. 

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