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Learning with Nursing: SLP Students Gain Hands-On Experience

Madison Maloney is one of several speech-language pathology students at Lebanon Valley College

Students in the College’s Speech-Language Pathology Program took their classroom knowledge and applied it to real-world settings as part of interprofessional education sessions with registered nursing students at the PA College of Health Sciences this past fall.

As part of a simulation-based learning experience, the students discussed signs and symptoms of an ischemic stroke. LVC students made clinical decisions, with the support of the faculty, about the patient’s oral intake process. They also practiced administering portions of the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale.

“In the moment, my essential job was to make sure the patient was able to properly swallow to avoid aspiration,” said Madison Maloney ’21, M’22. “This opportunity reaffirmed my idea of pursuing a career path as a medical speech-language pathologist who specializes in feeding and swallowing disorders.

“I also gained a lot of knowledge working alongside the nursing students, both during the simulation and during the debriefing time following the lab,” added Maloney. “Two of the biggest takeaways from this experience included realizing the importance of collaboration in the healthcare field and the impact I will be able to have on people through therapy.”

Maloney looks forward to using the skills she learned from this experience during her clinical rotation at LVC’s new on-campus Clinic for Speech and Learning Pathologies, scheduled to open during the upcoming academic year.


-- Marj O'Neill, Marketing & Communications Intern