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Wegmans School of Nursing Partners with Rochester General Hospital for “Resident Boot Camp”


Being immersed in a crisis scenario in the Wegmans School of Nursing Simulation Center sparked more than a renewed sense of love for nursing in one graduate student; it sparked an idea that she took back to her boss at Rochester General Hospital (RGH) and eventually sparked a partnership.  

While still a student in the Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) at Fisher, recent graduate Dr. Ginny Riggall approached Dr. Richard Sterns, RGH internal medicine residency program director, to see how his residents could participate in a simulation with nurse practitioner students in Fisher’s program. Sterns set up a visit with Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, Dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing, along with Dr. Theresa Glessner, director of the Department of Clinical Education at RGH, and Riggall to talk about a potential partnership. He was sold. Riggall worked with Fisher faculty as well as RGH staff to develop scenarios, and the interprofessional program was born.

Riggall said that when the Joint Commission has looked at the root cause of most errors in healthcare, communication is usually one of the top three reasons for the error occurring. 

“Training together is one way of understanding all the roles that are needed to care for patients.  Since we all bring our unique attitudes, skills, values, and experiences to each situation, sometimes these unique factors cause conflict.  Conflict reduces communication among providers and then errors occur,” said Riggall.

In total, the pilot program – which included first-year residents, Fisher nursing students, pharmacy residents, new nurses, experienced nurses, and respiratory therapists – offered eight days of simulation experiences spread throughout June and July. The teams were put through simulations that covered critical care, acute care, and ambulatory situations.

Riggall also believes the training will help eliminate the hierarchy that exists in healthcare today. 

“This training gives each member a better understanding of how each member can work together to provide the very best care for the patient. The nurses are teaching the doctors how to develop better relationships with their patients and the nurses are understanding why the doctors are focused on symptoms.  They are also understanding each other’s work load better,” she said.

Resident Boot Camp

A team works together during a scenario.

Resident Boot Camp

Dr. Sterns and other staff watch the scenario unfold from the control room in the Wegmans School of Nursing Simulation Center.

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