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USD emphasizes ‘Interprofessional’ training, practices during advanced health care demonstration

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine students and University of South Dakota/Rapid City nursing students will learn about the newest, most advanced approach to health care practice during a simulated trauma case on Friday, Nov. 14.

Following a brief presentation, media are invited to witness one segment of a series of day-long exercises that demonstrate the advanced approach to health care called interprofessional practice. Physicians and nurses will present the demonstrations.

Interprofessionalism is a new concept that has been adopted and is being taught by the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences, including the nursing program. Interprofessional practice is an interdisciplinary, team-oriented and patient-centered approach to health care. Health care providers in many health care fields are now being trained to work together to achieve improved outcomes for patients.

“The University of South Dakota is changing the way we prepare nurses and other healthcare providers to better serve the patient,” said Dawn Warren, Ed.D, RN, CNE, USD Dept. of Nursing, Rapid City. “We are doing it differently now, including using an interprofessional approach.”

In the exercise physicians and nurses will demonstrate interprofessional communications and assessment and team-oriented intervention skills on a simulated trauma case. A Mobile Simulation Unit will be used in the demonstration/exercise.

Schedule for media (Note: this schedule is closely followed.):

  • 12:30 p.m. Brief presentation/primer by Dawn Warren, Ed.D, RN, CNE, USD Dept. of Nursing, Rapid City
  • 12:40 p.m. Q & A with Dawn Warren
  • 12:50 p.m. Opportunities for interviews with students
  • 1:00 p.m. Simulation starts. Photos and video, etc. allowed

This event will be held on the west side of the University Center. From Rapid City: Take I-90 East to Elk Vale (Exit 61). Turn right (south) on Elk Vale Rd. At the first light, turn left (east) on Cheyenne Blvd. Go two blocks and the University Center will be on the left. For more information, contact Warren at (605) 484-7027.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News