On 7, 8 and 14 December, Red Cross Medical College of Rīga Stradiņš University (RCMC) together with Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK), implemented several virtual telesimulation thematic lessons via Microsoft Teams.
During these 3 days KAMK 3rd-year “Acute Nursing” programme students and RCMC 3rd-year Nursing programme students expanded their knowledge and shared experience under the supervision of their lecturers Taina Romppanen and Jukka Seppänen (KAMK) and Ligija Vucāne and Madara Blumberga (RCMC).
Students prepared presentations on pain including such topics as pain term and symptom explanation, pain assessment, delirium terminology and evaluation as well as analyzed and discussed with lecturers 2 research papers on pain and delirium: “Assessing acute and chronic pain in children and young people” and “Validation of two nurse-based screening tools for delirium in elderly patients in general medical wards”.
The main activity of these thematic lessons were several situations depicting caring for patient with delirium simulated by 3 students and 2 lecturers from KAMK. The aim of the simulations was professional communication and patient assessment skill training.
Other KAMK students who were not involved in the simulation process, together with RCMC students watched simulations via online video platform and discussed what was done correctly and what could be improved in such or similar situation in a clinical environment.
During the virtual telesimulation thematic lessons students from Latvia and Finland not only improved their professional, but also digital, intercultural and English skills.