Lightning Talk

Responding to COVID19 Induced Limitations in Nursing Student Clinical Experiences : Using Online IPE Simulations for Clinical Experiences

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

This presentation describes the adaptation of IPE modules to meet statewide pre-licensure nursing student educational needs for clinical learning experiences during the COVID19 epidemic. To maintain patient, staff and student safety, in March 2020, health care systems were unable to allow students into clinical sites for the remainder semester. While online instructional strategies were adopted immediately to deliver didactic content to students, providing clinical learning experiences with patients and families was problematic. One strategy used to address adult health clinical learning experiences was the adaptation of IPE modules. The following four modules previously developed to address specific IPEC competencies in patient-provider scenarios, were adapted to also address sequential adult health learning objectives for pre-licensure nursing students: 1) “Care Coordination Rounds”, focusing on an interprofessional team (5 professions) planning care for 3 hospitalized patients; 2) “Preparing for Patient Discharge”, focusing on planning to meet needs of a patient being discharged with COPD, CHF, CAD, and hypertension; 3) “Preventing Medical Errors: Addressing a Near Miss”, focusing on a medication error with anti-coagulants; 4) “Preventing Re-admissions”, focusing on two home visits with an older adult discharged after an admission with a diagnosis was uncontrolled diabetes and hyperglycemia. These modules, developed by filming simulated scenarios with members of multiple health professions, demonstrated IPEC competencies by providing a mentored learning experience. Each module was revised to include clinical learning objectives and clinical de-briefing questions, in addition to the IPE de-brief. Pre-clinical assignments were designed to prepare students to watch the IPE simulation videos during Zoom sessions, and participate in synchronous clinical faculty conducted de-briefing. Each module was included in one of four clinical courses. Student and faculty participation was tracked. More than 500 students participated in the clinical learning modules, accounting for 6-8 hours of clinical time for each course. Evaluation results will be discussed.


This activity has been planned and implemented by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. In support of improving patient care, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses: Participants will be awarded up to 1.0 contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists: This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours (.1 CEU) UAN: JA4008105-0000-20-065-H04-P; JA4008105-0000-20-065-H04-T

Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive up to 1 continuing education credits.

IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, adopted by the Joint Accreditors for Interprofessional Continuing Education, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has a conflict of interest policy that requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. All potential conflicts of interest that arise based upon these financial relationships are resolved prior to the educational activity.

Elizabeth Tanner, Lisa Pierce, Meghan Weber, Brad Stoecker, Lisa Hiley, Ruth Metzger, Gabriela Mustata Wilson

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.