Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

NLN Releases a Vision for Interprofessional Collaboration in Education and Practice

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

NLN Releases a Vision for Interprofessional Collaboration in Education and Practice

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The National League for Nursing believes that current educational approaches must include opportunities for students to engage in interprofessional education (IRE) and practice (IPP). IPE and IPP deliver team-based care that strengthens health systems and improves health outcomes. There is consensus that health care professionals must have the competence to work in teams to provide safer, quality care to multiple populations in varied health care settings (Thibault, 2013).

Because team training in educational programs lags behind the actual practice of working in teams, a gap exists between the realities of practice (Interprofessional Education Collaborative [IPEC] Expert Panel, 2011) and the utilization of teamwork skills to deliver patient-centered care. As a result, today's graduates from well-intended, accredited institutions are not prepared for the practice environments in which they will work (Speakman & Arenson, 2015). As nurses are integral to the delivery of team-based, patient-family-centered care, the NLN challenges nurse educators to collaborate with other health professions to develop meaningful IPE and IPP opportunities for students. The NLN urges the nurse educator community to work with other professions to provide learning opportunities that acknowledge a profoundly changed health care environment. To facilitate this call to action, the NLN has created A Guide to Effective Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Experiences in Nursing Education (www.nln.org/professionaldevelopment-programs/teaching-resources/toolkits).

RECOMMENDATIONS

For Deans, Directors, Chairs of Nursing Programs

* Secure leadership buy-in and resources for IPE and IPP initiatives.

* Conduct an assessment of IPE readiness.

* Provide faculty development opportunities to prepare faculty to create and implement IPE and IPP initiatives.

* Establish partnerships/consortia among practice colleagues and health professions schools/programs around innovative curriculum design, program evaluation, and creative use of information technology.

* Support research that examines the effect of IPE and IPP on student behaviors, attitudes, and patient outcomes.

* Establish postdoctoral research centers with interprofessional faculty to build the science of IPE and IPP.

For Faculty

* Pursue interprofessional development opportunities.

* Use IPE core competencies as a framework to develop systematic plans that help students meet IPEC competency domains in varied educational settings (e. …

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