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Rockford rural nursing DNP students learn interprofessional teamwork at escape room

UIC College of Nursing DNP students in their third year of the rural nursing specialty in Rockford got a chance to experience interprofessional teamwork in an unusual way earlier this month.

They worked with medicine and pharmacy students – also in rural health specialties – to solve escape room puzzles at Mind Games in Rockford.

“In a fun and relaxed setting, the escape room exercise was a valuable experience allowing students to practice key skills that they will need for effective interprofessional teamwork,” says Kelly D. Rosenberger, DNP ‘12, CNM, WHNP-BC, FAANP, director of the Rockford campus and RNURSING. “These skills include communication, understanding their roles and responsibilities, working in teams and ethical considerations.”

The Sept. 10 event was part of a series of teambuilding activities threaded throughout all four years of the curriculum for the 67 Rockford rural health professions students. Four of those were DNP students in the third year of the rural nursing concentration, or RNURSING. They are: Beth Todd, DNP-FNP student, Mayra Perez, DNP-AGACNP student, Chelsea Hartzell, DNP-FNP student and Lindsey Houle, DNP-PMHNP student.