Health professionals work in teams in a variety of health care settings especially in medical emergency teams at times of crisis. However, Registered Nurses (RNs) rarely have the chance to partake in educational programs designed for teams of nurses to practice working together in life-threatening situations. Further RN s employed in rural setting have less opportunities for professional development than their city based counterparts. Simulated scenarios with a patient actor in a rural hospital have been utilised in this study to provide nurses with the opportunity to work as a team in the early recognition and management of patients with acute medical conditions. Aim: This discussion paper focuses on one aspect of a larger research project with the aim of describing the development of team based scenarios for a rural hospital setting, focusing on the detection and management of a deteriorating patient. Methods: Three team based scenarios, the related assessments and feedback techniques are all described. Conclusion: Team based simulation provides a unique opportunity to assist registered nurses in rural settings in re-skilling or maintaining their emergency management skills.
Missen, K. L., Sparkes, L. M., Porter, J., Cooper, S. J. R., & McConnell-Henry, T. E. (2013). Developing team based acute care scenarios: a rural hospital experience. International Emergency Nursing, 21(3), 186 - 189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2012.08.002