Abstract No. 594 (Free Standing Paper) : MULTI-PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTION OF MEDICAL AND NURSING STUDENTS AT A HEALTH CENTRE

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Koivisto A-L, Ponkala O, Haukka U-M, Vainiomäki P
Department of General Practice, University of Turku, Finland
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Introduction:
Teamwork between the different professional groups of health care staff would be more successful if personal co-operation were begun during the early phases of education.
Methods: Primary and secondary health care units of the City of Turku, the School of Nursing in Turku and the Department of General Practice at the University of Turku collaborated together in establishing a teaching health centre, where students of nursing and medicine had their patient contacts together. Examination and treatment procedures were taught to these students together. The personnel of the health centre and the teachers from the above institutes were responsible for the instruction.
Results: In autumn 1996 this integrated instruction was carried out for the first time. Three to four medical students and one nursing student were working together during their training period. Each medical student examined an average of five patients of their own, carried out a home visit to an elderly patient and also had a possibility to practice different common procedures at health centre and at the school of nursing. Over 90% of the medical students reported themselves satisfied with this teaching period.
Conclusion:
The medical students appreciated multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teamwork. They also hoped that all disciplines during medical training would have similar integrated instruction with nursing students.