Darla Coss, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Assistant Professor and Curriculum and Assessment Director
St. Catherine University
Darla Coss, OTD, OTR/L, CHT is an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University. She has been practicing occupational therapy since 1996, and specializes in hand therapy, oncology rehabilitation, industrial rehab, and chronic health conditions. She has been teaching occupational therapy at St. Catherine University since 2012, and is a preceptor for occupational therapy students at the SMMART clinic (St. Mary's Medical and Rehabilitative Therapies) on campus.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Entry level occupational therapy (OT), occupational therapy assistant, and nursing students participated in two three-hour activities involving pre-simulation work, pre-briefing, simulation activities, and debriefing facilitated by OT and nursing faculty. Activities were developed by faculty to align with the INACSL Standards of Best Practice in Simulation. An electronic health record was utilized by students during their pre-simulation and post-debrief learning activities. Student outcomes were assessed through self-ratings prior to and following engagement in the interprofessional learning…
Utilizing Interprofessional Simulation to Replace Clinical and Fieldwork Experiences During the COVID Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic presented delays and cancellations of clinical and fieldwork experiences in practice settings. To ensure timely continuation of program progression for students, interprofessional simulations for entry level occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, and nursing students were developed to meet clinical and fieldwork requirements as outlined by ACOTE (2018) and ACEN (2020). Additionally, the INACSL Standards of Best Practice in Simulation were utilized in developing and evaluating the learning activities for students. Faculty utilized an electronic health…