The project objective is to develop an inter-professional learning experience within the acute care setting built around IPEC competencies. The project has three aims: 1) develop an inter-professional learning experience around care transitions within the acute care setting, 2) evaluate the impact on perceptions of teamwork and professional role formation among nursing and medical students, and 3) assess facilitators and barriers within the clinical setting to sustained implementation with repeated cohorts of students.
The project consists of pairing medical and nursing students with a patient to develop an understanding of various stages of discharge planning, roles/responsibilities of the team, effective communication, and collaboration. Four, weekly conferences were held for case presentations and debrief around the discharge process. Before and after their learning experience, students participated in focus group interviews to determine their understanding of IPEC competencies, various roles in healthcare, thoughts about inclusion in an inter-professional clinical learning experience, and current perceptions of their professional cultures. We administered two quantitative surveys pre- and post-implementation: the Nebraska Inter-Professional Attitudes Scale and the IPEC Competency Self-Assessment Tool.
At baseline, the nursing students scored similarly to medical students on the IPEC competencies (65.6 and 67.3 respectively) and higher on average (81.0 and 73.3 respectively) on the Nebraska survey. At the completion of the learning experience, the nursing students experienced a median increase of 7 points in the Nebraska score and 13 points for the IPEC score. The medical students experienced a median increase of 3.5 points for the Nebraska tool and 7 points for the IPEC score. Qualitative data is in process and will be completed by the time of the conference. The feasibility of implementing a clinical-based, inter-professional learning activity around care transitions has been proven.
This project is funded by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center IPEC Synergy Grant.
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Fernando Ona, Samuel Lowe, Steven Bingaman, Bethany Robertson, Amisha Metha, Jessica Star, Meredith Lora, Shirly Kooran, Beth Quatrara, Beth Turrentine, Danny Harris, Lisa Daniels, Kathy Lee Bishop, Jennifer Sharp, Caroline Coleman, Douglas Ander, Chase Corvin, Anastasia Pozdnyakova, Kelli Yukon, Allison Norenberg, Kimisha Cassidy, Kevin Roggin, Ross Milner, Vineet Arora
declare no vested interest in or affiliation with any commercial interest offering financial support for this interprofessional continuing education activity, or any affiliation with a commercial interest whose philosophy could potentially bias their presentation.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
- Physicians: This activity will be designated for CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM through ACCME.
- Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
- Nurses: This activity will be designated for CNE nursing contact hours through ANCC.
- Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity will be designated for CPE contact hours (CEUs) through ACPE.
- Social Workers: This activity will be designated for social work continuing education credits through ASWB.
- All health professionals: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.