College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

TTU Holds First Inter-professional Healthcare Conversations

More than 100 nutrition, child life, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nursing students from Tennessee Tech University met recently to get a better understanding of care outside their major.

The students met to get used to collaborating inter-professionally, a common approach to solve problems in the healthcare industry.

“Every day at Cookeville Regional, healthcare professionals have a meeting to discuss the cases they’re working on,” said nursing assistant professor Susan Piras. “We wanted our students to experience that same environment.”

This is the first time TTU students across health fields have met to have an interdisciplinary conversation.

One student from each of the major fields was selected per group. Faculty presented several stages of a medical case study for group conversation. Students discussed what their actions would be if they had to treat the imaginary patient. In one stage, students discussed how to assist a small child who had a parent in the hospital.

“This event was very helpful in preparing me for my career in the healthcare industry,” said senior child life major Morgan Dibb, of Morristown. “It helped me to understand how each member of the interdisciplinary team contributes something different and important, but we all come together with one goal in mind – to help the patient.”