Rowan nursing program mentors aspiring health care providers

Rowan nursing program mentors aspiring health care providers

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Rowan University nursing students recently teamed up with Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine faculty to become professional mentors, guiding some 220 aspiring health care providers.

The program included a one-day seminar spent reviewing case histories in small groups. Participants viewed a short film, evaluated a case scenario and answered questions related to their respective specialties. Mini groups enabled students to respond to their multiple-choice questions and provided immediate feedback about how quality care should be delivered.

The groups included nursing students, medical students and respiratory therapy students. After reviewing the case scenarios, groups reviewed the information and practiced how professionals collaborate caring for a senior citizen. The RN-to-BSN students guided the groups in their analysis and decisions about best practices.

Dr. Mirian Nowak, assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, said, “Since students in the RN-to-BSN program are already licensed professionals, they are in an ideal position to serve as mentors to new health professionals to improve interprofessional communications. Poor communications often cause fragmented care and medical errors. Interprofessional collaboration is one way nurses can be involved in improving patient care outcomes through communication.”

This innovative learning venue was developed in cooperation with RowanSOM’s Dr. Kevin Overbeck.