At left, Jillian Graham, an athletic training student, plays the role
of patient in an orthopedic injury simulation with a nurse
practitioner student, Aaron Mestenmaker, right. The collaborative lab
was held at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences on September 9.
Nurse practitioner and athletic training students partnered for an
interprofessional simulation event in Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.
Students who are pursuing a master's degree in athletic training
portrayed patients with symptoms of the orthopedic injuries that they
usually assess during a collaborative lab with the Kirkhof College of Nursing.
Nicole Harpold, assistant professor of nursing, said standard
patients typically are used during simulations but athletic training
students were brought in so nurse practitioner students could practice
their orthopedic evaluation skills, then determine which tests to use
to diagnose the injury. Athletic training students provided feedback
on techniques, including hand placement and pressure.
Groups were given three case studies that focused on ankle, knee and
"Our athletic trainer faculty and students are experts in
musculoskeletal injuries and exams, and this led to the idea of trying
to partner for this lab," Harpold said, adding orthopedic
injuries are common patient complaints in a primary care setting.
Shari Bartz-Smith, associate professor and program director for
athletic training, said second-year master's students, who had one
year of injury assessment experience, portrayed patients.
"This activity allowed us to work collaboratively with another
health profession and share with them the knowledge base of the
athletic trainer, while, at the same time, we learn the multiple roles
of the nurse practitioner," Bartz-Smith said.