Nursing students experience life as a patient

York Press: Student nurses dressed in their pyjamas to play the part of patients in the clinical simulation unit at the University of York Student nurses dressed in their pyjamas to play the part of patients in the clinical simulation unit at the University of York

Nursing students swapped their uniforms for pyjamas as they found out about life as a patient.

As part of the national NHS Change Day call to action, second-year nursing students at the University of York have been running the clinical simulation unit in the department of health sciences as a ward for the day.

Students played the roles of patients, relatives and carers, as well as medical staff.

The unit includes two four-bedded bays, a nurses’ station, an intensive care suite, a clean preparation area, sluice and community bedroom.

The aim of the day was to experience what it is like to be a patient first hand and to find ways of improving care for patients.

Department of health sciences staff provided scenarios based on their real-life experiences in practice and joined in the role playing.

About 30 staff and students took part in the event, in advance of yesterday’s national NHS Change Day. The day is designed to show how one simple idea can lead to a new way of thinking to transform patient care.

The York event was the brainchild of student nurse Louise Towse and was organised by the university’s student nursing society, NurSoc.

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1:53pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Podlet says...

If 30 people took part and it was meant to be realistic, I guess that means 1 person was the nurse, 29 were patients, and 15 were middle and senior management (and so not there when it mattered)
If 30 people took part and it was meant to be realistic, I guess that means 1 person was the nurse, 29 were patients, and 15 were middle and senior management (and so not there when it mattered) Podlet

4:49pm Thu 14 Mar 13

TheTruthHurts says...

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5:12pm Thu 14 Mar 13

R'Marcus says...

What a funny lot!
It is a pyjama party!
What a funny lot! It is a pyjama party! R'Marcus

6:51pm Thu 14 Mar 13

inthesticks says...

Don`t really get the point when second year nursing students would have done more than one placement on wards.
Don`t really get the point when second year nursing students would have done more than one placement on wards. inthesticks

9:54am Sat 16 Mar 13

Illegal Interrupt says...

inthesticks wrote:
Don`t really get the point when second year nursing students would have done more than one placement on wards.
The point is to experience nursing from the patient's point of view. To try to put oneself in a vulnerable position and gain some more understanding about how it might feel - this is useful for the individual nurse and also useful to be able to feed back to colleagues.
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: Don`t really get the point when second year nursing students would have done more than one placement on wards.[/p][/quote]The point is to experience nursing from the patient's point of view. To try to put oneself in a vulnerable position and gain some more understanding about how it might feel - this is useful for the individual nurse and also useful to be able to feed back to colleagues. Illegal Interrupt

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