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Title: Nursing faculty teaching a module in clinical skills to medical students : a Lebanese experience
Authors: Abdallah, Bahia 
Irani, Jihad
Sailian, Silva Dakessian
Gebran, Vicky
Rizk, Ursula
Affiliations: Nursing Program 
Faculty of Medicine 
Nursing Program 
Keywords: Cross-professional education
Clinical skills
Nursing faculty
Clinical performance
Subjects: Medical education
Issue Date: 2014
Part of: Advances in medical education and practice
Volume: 5
Start page: 427
End page: 432
Nursing faculty teaching medical students a module in clinical skills is a relatively new trend. Collaboration in education among medical and nursing professions can improve students' performance in clinical skills and consequently positively impact the quality of care delivery. In 2011, the Faculty of Medicine in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon, launched a module in clinical skills as part of clinical skills teaching to first-year medical students. The module is prepared and delivered by nursing faculty in a laboratory setting. It consists of informative lectures as well as hands-on clinical practice. The clinical competencies taught are hand-washing, medication administration, intravenous initiation and removal, and nasogastric tube insertion and removal. Around sixty-five medical students attend this module every year. A Likert scale-based questionnaire is used to evaluate their experience. Medical students agree that the module provides adequate opportunities to enhance clinical skills and knowledge and favor cross-professional education between nursing and medical disciplines. Most of the respondents report that this experience prepares them better for clinical rotations while increasing their confidence and decreasing anxiety level. Medical students highly appreciate the nursing faculties' expertise and perceive them as knowledgeable and resourceful. Nursing faculty participating in medical students' skills teaching is well perceived, has a positive impact, and shows nurses are proficient teachers to medical students. Cross professional education is an attractive model when it comes to teaching clinical skills in medical school.
DOI: 10.2147/AMEP.S68536
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
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