TAFE student Brendon Andrews plays the patient while Roxene Blaine patches up her patient during yesterday’s practical assessment.
TAFE student Brendon Andrews plays the patient while Roxene Blaine patches up her patient during yesterday’s practical assessment. Tanya Easterby

Learning for real world

LEARNING leapt off the page for Wide Bay Institute of TAFE students at the Gympie campus yesterday.

Students from language, literacy and numeracy combined with diploma of nursing students for a joint practical assessment exercise.

The exercise tested the communication skills of students in addition to putting future nurses through their paces.

Originally a Gympie-based acting group was to provide its theatrical touch to the exercise but unfortunately was unable to participate on the day.

Language, literacy and numeracy teacher Nick Harry and diploma of nursing teacher Brenden Cooke were both impressed with the exercise's success.

"Students worked together for the assessment," Mr Harry said.

"They went through scenarios and put themselves in the shoes of characters. It was an excellent opportunity from a literacy point of view."

Mr Cooke shared the enthusiasm, saying student feedback was positive.

"We had everyday situations and it was realistic," he said.

Students had to use communication strategies and negotiate with difficult interpersonal circumstances.

"They had to use their skills to help their patients and everyone passed," Mr Cooke said. "It added a bit of fun to the learning environment."

In one scenario conceived by students, a vice-president of a bikie gang and his mate wanted to leave hospital to attend a mardi gras bike meet. Having busted his leg on his bike, the vice-president was in need of antibiotics.

"The nurse in this situation had to convince the bikie of the importance of taking antibiotics to take care of his health," Mr Cooke said.

"The student had to work on a compromise and use a range of communication skills to deal with the situation."

The assessment's success now paves the way for future joint exercises.

Gympie Times


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