Interprofessional teamwork among students in simulated codes: a quasi-experimental study

Nurs Educ Perspect. Sep-Oct 2013;34(5):339-44. doi: 10.5480/1536-5026-34.5.339.


Aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of using crisis resource management (CRM) principles and high-fidelity human patient simulation (HFHPS) for interprofessional (IP) team training of students from undergraduate nursing, nurse anesthesia, medical, and respiratory therapy.

Background: IP education using simulation-based training has the potential to transform education by improving teamwork and communication and breaking down silos in education.

Method: This one-year study used a quasi-experimental design to evaluate students' acquisition and retention of teamwork and communication skills. A convenience sample consisted of 52 students in the fall semester, with 40 students returning in the spring.

Results: Mean scores increased after training, and skills were retained fairly well. Any loss was regained with repeat training in the spring.

Conclusion: The results suggest that using CRM and HFHPS is an effective pedagogy for teaching communication and teamwork skills to IP student teams.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / education*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Patient Simulation
  • Respiratory Therapy / education*
  • Students, Nursing*
  • Young Adult