Third-year student Devika Gaundar, mock patient Fae Voysey, medical student Matthew Hearn and second-year student Angela Wessling at USQ's mock hospital exercise.
Third-year student Devika Gaundar, mock patient Fae Voysey, medical student Matthew Hearn and second-year student Angela Wessling at USQ's mock hospital exercise. Alistair Brightman

Medical skills sharpened for future doctors and nurses

FRASER Coast student doctors and nurses were put to the test on Friday, when nursing labs at the University of Southern Queensland campus in Hervey Bay came alive as busy medical wards.

Local actors were brought in to play the part of patients and state-of-the-art medical equipment on hand to create a realistic atmosphere.

Students had to work in teams and use their problem solving skills on a range of medical conditions, including blood clots, heart attacks and dehydration.

Final year medical student from the University of Queensland's Rural Clinical School, Matthew Hearn, said the program was a useful experience.

"It's nice meeting the people you'll be working with in the future," he said. "I think it's worthwhile."

University of Southern Queensland second year nursing student Angela Wessling said the day was a wonderful learning opportunity.

"The actors in the bed have been sensational," she said.

"It's made a real difference having patients in the bed."

Mock patient Fae Voysey played the part of a patient suffering a post operative heart attack and said it was her second year acting for the students.

"It's a really good experience for them," she said.

Experienced local doctors and nurses guided the students throughout the clinical scenarios, providing feedback on their performance.

Norma Robinson, clinical skills and simulation academic co-ordinator at the University of Queensland said health care students need opportunities to practice learned skills and knowledge in a safe learning environment.

Program aims to teach students:

  • A better understanding of their own role and the roles of others within the health care team
  • Clinical reasoning skills to achieve safe and acceptable outcomes for the patient
  • An understanding of the importance of utilising good communication skills when managing patients and working with other health care professionals
  • Student confidence to recognise, prioritise and implement safe care for their patient


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