Introduction: Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the largest employers in the state requested support from a University in the Southwest United States to create a drive-through COVID-19 testing process for their essential employees, A novel interprofessional team emerged within 24 hours. Members included nursing, laboratory scientists, supply logistics, security, traffic control, information technology, and occupational and environmental health.
Methods: Four inaugural team members unknown to one another, met on a Sunday morning to walk the premise and create the process. With common purpose to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, the team verbally recognized the value and expertise of each individual that was essential to the work of the team. While the nurse was the only clinical member, all team members embraced this sacred work to impact the health of our community.
Outcomes: The drive-through process was implemented 72 hours following the initial meeting and proved to be a safe, effective, efficient, timely, and client centered process. Additional clinicians and support personnel were added as number of requested tests were performed. Daily pre-brief and de-brief sessions confirmed respect for all through equal voice, realizing everyone’s contribution added to the greater good. The same team replicated the testing procedure in three different sites that continue to provide testing, with further expansion to serve vulnerable and native populations. Graduate and undergraduate students were were mentored to participate in this public health experience.
Conclusion: A core competency of interprofessional practice is to advance health through respect of individual roles and responsibilities. This public health model in time of a pandemic serves as an exemplar for bringing an unexpected group of individuals with common purpose and diverse expertise form an exceptional interprofessional team.
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Katherine Kenny, Stephanie Kiser, Tamarie Macon, Bryan Hodge, Rachel Bemis, Kathryn Neil, Joseph Sanford, Kevin Sexton, Colleen Reiner, Haru Okuda, Philip Wortham
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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.