Teaching-Learning Experience Regarding Skill in Using Inhalers: Medical Students Teaching Nursing Students

J Nurs Educ. 2017 Feb 1;56(2):120-122. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20170123-10.


Background: Teaching-learning experience involving more than one health care discipline is a topic of great interest in the health sciences. Few such experiences are known in which medical students taught nursing students a clinical skill.

Method: The authors evaluated the effect of fourth-year medical students teaching the correct use of a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) to bachelor of science nursing (BSN) students. An fourth-year medical student investigator taught BSN students the correct use of an MDI in individual, private educational sessions, approximately 10 minutes in length, in a large health sciences center. BSN students were scored in use of MDI preeducation and posteducation. Instruction included both discussion and demonstration by the M4S.

Results: Among 20 BSN students, posteducation scores were markedly improved for total steps (p < .0001), and six of nine individual steps for MDI use.

Conclusion: Brief teaching-learning sessions are effective in teaching nursing students the correct use of MDI. [J Nurs Educ. 2017;56(2):120-122.].

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asthma / drug therapy
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Nebulizers and Vaporizers*
  • Students, Medical*
  • Students, Nursing*
  • Young Adult