Health Care Competition Teaches Wheeling Jesuit University Students Teamwork

Wheeling Jesuit University health science faculty designed a competition for students across all the health sciences and psychology to teach them how to work as a team to develop a plan to care for a patient.

Each team had students majoring in athletic training, nursing, psychology, physical therapy and respiratory therapy. More than 70 students participated in the four-hour Inter-Professional Education Competition.

“This type of competition is a different way to teach students. They learned the importance of working with the other health sciences to devise a plan for treatment and recovery — something each will be doing every day once they graduate and begin working in their careers,” said Maryanne Capp, dean of WJU’s School of Health Sciences.

During the competition, six teams were given a student injury scenario — a soccer player twisting her knee during a game. The player also hits the cleat of another player, puncturing her chest.

“Each team was given the scenario and had to work together to formulate a care plan — from injury, to treatment and rehabilitation, to returning to their sport,” Capp added.

She noted the students were very creative in presenting their cases. Each made a PowerPoint to present their care plan. Some, Capp said, did a re-enactment of the injury, while one group made a video of the events.

“This competition was a great opportunity to teach our students the team approach to health care. Care planning of patients in the health care setting requires input from many disciplines. The competition was held to provide our students with yet another hands-on way of learning,” Capp said.

Each team had to utilize all of the areas on the rubric — athletic training, nursing, psychology, respiratory therapy, medical care, insurance issues and spiritual care — and show how they collaborated with each team member and discipline to provide safe and effective patient care, according to Capp.

“The winning team was able to demonstrate collaboration by acting out how they worked together to develop the care plan,” Capp said.