Paramedicine trainees challenged with real-life scenarios.
ACU’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine held its inaugural Paramedic Skills Competition on June 5 at the Canberra Campus in Watson.
Second-year Paramedic students were able to apply theoretical knowledge and decision-making skills to clinical care and patient interaction in simulated situations, in a battle for the ACU Annual Paramedic Challenge Shield.
ACU is the only university in the ACT to offer Paramedicine as a course. With 42 second-year Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine students enrolled at the campus, approximately 30 participated in the event.
Students competed in teams of three, moving through a rotation of time-critical activities. The ACT Fire Brigade loaned a wrecked fire engine for the competition, while iSimulate sponsored the event, and provided a car wreck for one of the activities.
The Chief Officer of the ACT Ambulance service, the Project Lead for the ACT Region Simulated Learning Environments and Associate Prof Karen Flowers from ACU, came to watch as the students tested their skills.
Feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive:
“It was a little stressful but it was a great to be challenged.”
“The scenarios really tested my critical thinking and problem solving skills. It was also great to have paramedics there to provide feedback after each scenario. This was a great way to learn and refine my skills.”
“It was great to have so many of the students involved. It is a great team building exercise and brings us all together.”
“We made a major error in our scenario and we can now ensure this will never happen in a real life situation. This has been an extremely valuable exercise.”
“I can’t wait for next year!”
Shane Lenson, Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine organised the championship and said the success of the day was in part due to those who had helped plan and oversee the event.
“The big thanks for the day go to Martin Raab (Paramedicine lecturer seconded from ACT Ambulance Service) who developed all the scenarios and content. Also a thanks goes to the volunteer paramedics who assisted during the day.”
The winning team was David Still, James Foster and Samantha Desmet (pictured).