Online Program

Public Health Simulation: Collaborative Water Quality Assessment

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Gina Alexander, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Sharon Canclini, RN, MS, APRN-BC, FCN, CNE, Department of Nursing, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
William Fripp, BSN, RN, Woodland Heights Medical Center, Lufkin, TX; Graduate Student, West Texas A&M University, Lufkin, TX
Rebecca Brooks, MSN, RNC-NIC, IBCLC, Department of Nursing, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences,, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Jon Fripp, MS, PE, Engineers Without Borders, North Texas Chapter, Arlington, TX
Teams of undergraduate nursing students completed a public health simulation to assess samples of water for bacterial contamination.  Using a field testing protocol, students were able to demonstrate competence in critical components of the process. While working within and across disciplines, students exercised key strategies of Team STEPPSTM to prevent error and to support the health and safety of the community.  Students conveyed assessment findings to other members of the public health team using the Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation technique.  In addition, students designed risk communication messages to community members with a focus on upholding environmental justice and improving environmental health literacy.  Lessons learned from this public health simulation will be shared, as well as plans for expansion of the simulation to extend the reach of interprofessional public health education on campus.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe key components of a public health simulation focused on water quality assessment. Evaluate the use of Team STEPPS strategies in a public health simulation.

Keyword(s): Water & Health, Nursing Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a public health nursing faculty member with a teaching/research interest in environmental health, including water quality. I have experience in interprofessional education and intersectoral collaboration. Presently, I am learning more about opportunities for public health simulation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.