Communication and Role Identification between Child Life Students and Nursing Students during Pediatric Simulations
All child life specialists work as part of multidisciplinary teams. The goal of this project was to increase the knowledge that child life and nursing students have of the professional role of the other as well as to increase multidisciplinary communication (in this setting, during simulations, or patient and family interactions).
This presentation will discuss how child life and nursing faculty worked together to educate each group of students prior to participation in simulations, the process of participation in simulation, and how students completed surveys pre- and post-participation in simulation to measure communication and role understanding of the other group/profession.
Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility
1. Discuss the role of Child Life students in pediatric simulations.
2. Explore the increase in role understanding between child life and nursing students.
3. Discuss the importance of multidisciplinary teams and communication.
I am currently the Director of the Child Program at Illinois State University. I previously worked clinically as a CCLS for 10 years at a children's hospital. I have a doctorate in Special Education, where I completed my dissertation entitled “Communication Between Home and School for Parents of Children with Chronic Illness”. I have a strong interest in communication, between home and healthcare professionals and also within the healthcare team.
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