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Fake accident part of the assessment

Published: 8 June 2022

It was an stressful examination for the students in the specialist nurse educations at Luleå University of Technology. In a fictitious accident, they had to act practically with injured people.
"It is important that we have this type of exercise where you can use both theoretical and practical knowledge from the education", says Åsa Engström, professor of nursing.

Outside Teknikens hus, next to Luleå University of Technology, there is a car overturned. Another, crashed car, stands some distance away. Injured people move between the cars and inside one of the cars it turns out that several people are trapped.

Cars had collided

As part of the examination, students in the specialist nursing educations with the specializations ambulance, anesthesia and intensive care had to pull out to a fictitious accident. Two cars had collided and it was messy in the area. Everyone would be taken care of. The Fire brigade was also on site, as well as personnel from the Norrbotten Region's ambulance operations.

"Now there are 50 students graduating, there are a few more than before, says Ulrica Strömbäck, head of education for the specialist nursing educations with a focus on anesthesia, intensive care and ambulance.

Requested competencies

To attend the specialist nursing education, a degree as a nurse is required, as well as some work experience. The education takes place at an advanced level and leads to a master's degree.
"It is a good distance education that has a good reputation. These arerequested comptences", says Åsa Engström.

"Now we will increase the number of admissions to the specialist nursing educations, we go from 85 to 110", says Ulrica Strömbäck.

The work at the accident is intensive, people who are witnesses are allowed to sit next to it, the nurses make an assessment of the injured. Those with minor injuries are taken care of and those who are seriously injured are sent away by ambulance. In the middle is the health care manager Sandra Palin, who is studying to be an ambulance nurse.
"We can send some to the health center", she says, when she talks to one of the others who work in the operation.

Björn Henriksson and Kaspar Norton, who will soon be finished anesthesia nurses, are among those who have been instructed to sit on the sidelines.
"We are witnesses to the accident and have to wait here until we can tell", they say.

Ulrica Strömbäck

Ulrica Strömbäck, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 492543
Organisation: Nursing, Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health, Education and Technology