Interprofessional Mega-Simulation

171111_KMW_InterdisciplinarySimulation_022Union University held its first interprofessional mega-simulation Nov. 11. Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when students learn about, from and with other health care providers.

This IPE learning activity was designed to allow health care professional students from the College of Pharmacy, the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work to work together to provide patient care. Additionally, students from the theater department made this simulation more life-like by serving as family members of the patient. The objective of the simulation was to allow students to demonstrate IPE competencies to practice as collaborative health care team members.

171111_KMW_InterdisciplinarySimulation_037Forty health care teams that participated in the simulation, each composed of one or two students from each of the three disciplines. As the students worked together to provide care for their patient and for family members, this simulation allowed them to identify not only their own roles and responsibilities, but also those of other team members.

During debriefing sessions after the simulation exercise, students described the activity with words such as fun, intense, stressful, challenging and confidence booster. Students said the activity increased their realization of the importance of communication and collaboration in providing patient care.

They also walked away from the activity with a greater appreciation of the other disciplines on their team. Students reported that they better understand the importance of relationships with other health care team members and learned skills that will help them in their future practice.

Post by Kim Lindsey-Goodrich, photos by Kristi Woody


Unique Set Design Contributes to ‘Hamlet’ Production


The Union University Players bring a new perspective to William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, running until March 25 in the W. D. Powell Theatre.

David Burke, professor of theatre and director of the play, said Hamlet not only engages audiences through its unique set design but also surprises them with storytelling twists.

Burke said the set was designed by John Klonowski, visiting assistant professor of theatre. Klonowski created the set to be flexible for the multiple scenes and moods of the play, incorporating various stage levels, special lighting and contrasting textiles into the design.


Klonowski and Burke began building the set in January alongside four student workers, Burke said. The team applied the finishing touches to the set March 18 – two days before the opening night.

“The set is a very unique piece of scenery – it’s almost like a giant piece of art,” Burke said. “I think it’s magical.”


But the stage design is not the only point of interest, Burke noted, as the Union University Players have personalized the tragic tale in order to find their own voice in the play. While the story continues to be set in Denmark, Burke avoided linking the play to a certain time in history. Performers also wear contemporary clothing instead of traditional Shakespearean garb.

“Our version of Hamlet doesn’t come across the way people normally think about it,” Burke said. “It forces you to think about the story from a different point of view.”

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