Professional Integrity in Interdisciplinary Simulation: Creating Workforce Relationships in Occupational Therapy and Nursing
The Institute of Medicine identifies five core competencies for the delivery of quality health care. These core competencies serve as an overarching aim for quality health services. Interdisciplinary simulation exercises occur in the first semester of the program involving occupational therapy and nursing students. There are many advantages in using high-fidelity simulation. Through the use of standardized patients, occupational therapy students build on specific skills in a safe environment with a minimal safety risk. Simulation in occupational therapy education is gaining momentum and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) standards provide guidance until the time that discipline-specific standards or expectations are established. INACSL best practice standards can offer design guidance to educators of many health care disciplines, particularly if they are new to simulation or curriculum design. These standards can provide a common language furthering the development of workforce relationships.