We took a group of both adult and paediatric nursing and medical staff from the ED to our local clinical skills unit for a full day of simulation. Thanks to Team PED and UHL Clinical Skills Unit for a fantastic day and to all the participants for their enthusiasm. Although the focus was on team working and human factors, the cases provided some pertinent reminders about the clinical medicine.
Select below for a summary of each simulation run on the day, what we did and what we learned:
SOME KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES…
Communication is vital for effective teamwork. Verbalising your thoughts helps keep the team focussed and ensure everyone is working towards the same goals.
Many staff members still feel uncomfortable when challenging others, especially senior clinicians. All staff should be empowered to speak up if they have any concerns about a patient or situation.
Various strategies are available to allow concerns to be raised in a non-confrontational manner and alleviate the fear surrounding speaking out e.g. graded assertiveness.