NP Students Participate in First Student Diagnostic Workshop

NP Students Participate in First Student Diagnostic Workshop

What started as an idea shared with Dean Adey Nyamathi during a Fireside Chat, has turned into a new NP Student Diagnostic Workshop. Focused on providing more education on clinical lab methods and diagnostics, the new workshop provides a valuable inter-professional training experience. 

"They asked. Dean Nyamathi brought the message to me and linked us to Dr. Robert Edwards. I engaged Tiffany Nielsen, and together, we delivered," said Clinical Professor Susan Tiso, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, director of the Master’s and Nurse Practitioner programs at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing.

"Tiffany showed great leadership, initiative and organization in developing this project," added Tiso. "This experience was inter-professional, as we worked with medicine and lab technologists to engage our NP students and amplify their understanding of this content." 

Tiso, Nielsen and Dr. Robert Edwards from the Department of Pathology & Lab Medicine at the UCI Medical Center, collaborated to create the NP Student Diagnostic Workshop. The workshop featured a lecture by Dr. Edwards on collection, processing, and handling techniques of lab specimens, molecular microbiology, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Dr. Xiaohui (Sheila) Zhaoon gave a presentation on hematology and reviewed peripheral blood smears under a 16-headed teaching microscope. Students also got to tour of the laboratory facilities at the medical center and viewed PCR testing techniques, culture and sensitivities, and intestinal parasite samples.

"It was a fun day of hands-on learning, tying together primary care diagnostics with laboratory procedures," said Tiffany Nielsen, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing.