Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Interprofessional Ward Simulation

Healthcare requires teamwork, including understanding the roles and capabilities of other professions and working with them to achieve a common goal. WARDSim is a two day course for 5th year medical students, final year nursing students and final year pharmacy students. Participants assess and manage simulated patients with typical acute problems arising on medical and surgical wards, exactly as they might be expected to do the following year. Interspersed with these scenarios and subsequent debriefs are several practical exercises in skills required, such as prioritising ward calls. In this way the course aims to assist with transition to practice. The course is held 7 times a year over 2 days at the Simulation Centre for Patient Safety, Ground Floor, Building 721, Tāmaki Innovation Campus, corner of Morrin & Merton Road, St Johns. An interprofessional faculty designed the course and continues to deliver it. Facilitators include junior doctors with an interest in teaching.

Objectives of the course

  • Describe the roles and expertise of own and other healthcare disciplines
  • Practice information sharing
  • Recognise limits of expertise and how/ when to involve others
  • Use a structured communication tool including ISBAR

Learning outcomes

Specific to Medical and Nursing students:

  • Perform systematic assessment of an acutely unstable patient
  • Initate management within the scope of practice of a new graduate nurse or doctor


Specific to Pharmacy students:

  • Assess potential/actual effect of medication and communicate within team


The course is formative ie no formal assessment is undertaken. However it is mandatory to attend and take part fully.


Recommended resources

A variety of resources used by junior doctors in hospitals are made available prior to the course.