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Interprofessional Collaboration for New Graduates at BHS

Ballarat Health Services (BHS) has embarked on orientation week for 83 new graduates this week. This unique program will induct new graduates from Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health together. The new nurses and doctors will participate collaboratively working as teams on a simulated patient journey.

This is the second year that this innovative approach has been taken, after a successful first year. This comprehensive program is a good example of one of BHS’s pillars – World Class Healthcare.

Nurses and doctors will learn side-by-side, with the assistance of our volunteers who will role play a patient on their journey through a healthcare episode. By working and training together from day one, graduates will begin to develop an understanding of the crucial role collaboration plays in providing the best care to our patients.

Communication between nurses, doctors and allied health is required to promote a culture of safety for all patients and provision of an environment of supportive teamwork. Through the incorporation of this innovative framework, new practitioners who are commencing their careers at BHS will be supported to develop respectful professional relationships in a safe learning space. These relationships will extend to the clinical environments, empowering strong levels of communication and scaffolding of learning, all resulting in improved outcomes for the patient.

Within the simulated patient journey, participants will rotate through a number of skills stations to gain experience in the following areas: Primary Emergency Care; Communication Skills; Basic Life Support; Medication Management; Oxygen therapy and Inhaler devices; Cannulation and venipuncture; Patient centered care and cultural sensitivity; Hand Hygiene.

The goal is to see interprofessional collaboration accepted in the space of new practitioners during their orientation period and beyond at BHS. This has the potential to empower staff with the knowledge and skills to feel confident and competent as new nurses, doctors and allied health staff, and allows engagement to build unity and teamwork whilst delivering patient centered care.