Transcript: Escape the Unit
Our nurse residency program is what this grant project was about and halfway through our first cohort we started to notice that they needed some more hands-on out of the classroom learning and that really led us to think of this really cool escape room idea.
The groups meet once a month for four hours and I try to cover topics that they may not have covered in school or nursing orientation there were skills that we noticed they were lacking out on the floor that were related to patient safety and their own safety.
What is that you have?
You are not taking these.
There's a kind of a fun part to it where it's you know I'm playing a patient in that specific room but you're also learning as well and I think I think you it really does hit home a lot more than sitting in a lecture.
This is actually one of the more creative learning tools that we've done and also it's learning but it's also been nice to get you in a like cooperative fun environment with your coworkers it goes beyond sitting in a classroom with people and discussing getting to know them into it like we're actually interacting together and working as a team.
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Originally in my funding application I hadn't applied for funding for any escape room materials or anything like that so we were able to revise our grant part of the way through and get funding for our escape room which has been one of the biggest parts of this project.
This is a great example of a project where Olivia had a fantastic idea to begin with and then she heard more from her target population and the people here and so she was super flexible about then thinking about more creative ways to meet their needs. And we were part of that discussion because it's not like we just say here here's your money and let us know in a year how you've done.
It's been really really successful, honestly more than I ever could have anticipated. The grant that I received was for a year-long project and the year is out so this really was seed money for building up our nurse residency program and it's opened so many doors for me here and within the UPMC system.
It worked! Perfect! Right here. We’re free! We escaped the unit!
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