USD Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Uses TeamSTEPPS to Boost Professional Education

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, about 900 students at two San Diego universities have been instructed in the team-based methods of TeamSTEPPS®, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's evidence-based patient safety training program for health care professionals. The training occurred at the medical and pharmacy schools at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science at the University of San Diego (USD).

TeamSTEPPS trains health care professionals to communicate effectively and use teamwork skills to prevent medical errors. The program, developed by AHRQ and the Department of Defense, is used to provide hands-on training scenarios to teach effective communication among health care teams, patients, and caregivers.

The three schools at UCSD and USD integrated TeamSTEPPS training into their Rapid Response System (a tool that coordinates critical care teams) and other training materials. As part of the training, students worked in teams to transition a hypothetical patient with chest pain from a primary care clinic to an emergency department. The emergency department team then handed the patient off to a team of inpatient providers.

Karen Macauley, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., associate professor of nursing at USD's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, said the training was the first time that nursing students worked with physicians. "After the simulation exercise, teams debriefed based on patient feedback and focused on care devoid of traditional role hierarchies."

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