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Strategy Submission

An Interprofessional Simulation of Opioid Overdose in the Community and Acute Care Setting


Jamie Hunsicker



Associate Professor of Nursing


Megan Lieb, DNP, RN


Ohio Northern University


Competency Categories:

Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork and Collaboration

Learner Level(s):

Interprofessional, New Graduates/Transition to Practice, Pre-Licensure BSN

Learner Setting(s):

Skills or Simulation Laboratories

Strategy Type:

General Strategy

Learning Objectives:

The learner will provide simulated patient-centered care acknowledging the patient as the source of control and full partner (Patient-centered Care, Attitude). The learner will value the perspectives and expertise of all health team members including community partners (Teamwork and Collaboration, Attitude). The learner will describe scopes of practice and the role of health care team members related to the care of vulnerable populations (Teamwork and Collaboration, Knowledge).

Strategy Overview:

This simulation utilizes a standardized patient to promote interprofessional collaboration between nursing and forensic biology students, the county sheriff, and community emergency medical personnel including a sexual assault nurse examiner. The simulation bridges an outpatient emergency response in a mock home crime scene to an inpatient hospital setting allowing for 1) exchange of information and expertise of health team members, 2) understanding scopes of practice and roles of emergency and health care team members, 3) provision of patient-centered care during an unfolding clinical situation involving opioid overdose with components of sexual violence 4) recognition of the patient as the source of control and full partner.

Submitted Materials:

Additional Materials:

Please see attached:
Provider orders
Simulation overview

Evaluation Description:

The effectiveness of this learning experience is evaluated through focused debriefing and comparison of pre-and post-simulation Opioid Overdose Attitudes Scale results. Participation in an opioid overdose simulation that incorporates sexual violence supports the development of student knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to patient-centered care delivered utilizing an interprofessional team. The Opioid Overdose Attitudes Scale demonstrates significant results indicating students feel more comfortable in their role as part of the health care team. Additional student exemplar statements, including “The main focus is the patient… giving the power back to them” and “I didn’t realize all of the interprofessional communication that goes into these situations” demonstrates achievement of simulation objectives.
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