How Interprofessional Education Is Transforming the Nursing Role

Daily Nurse (08/15/18) Sanborn, Heidi

Interprofessional education (IPE) is defined by the World Health Organization as “learning from, about and with two or more disciplines,” focusing in particular on patients’ needs, notes Heidi Sanborn, DNP, RN, CNE, clinical assistant professor and interim director of the RN-BSN and Concurrent Enrollment Program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. IPE can benefit nurses by curbing siloed processes and reducing failures in communication. For example, a patient may have been recently seen by a provider and had tests run, but there is no way to find out the test results or the names of any medication provided. Or a meal tray may have been delivered to a patient despite their having difficulty swallowing or recently having started taking insulin. The goal of IPE is to teach providers how to work collaboratively using a team-based approach to better integrate care delivery and reduce medical errors and adverse outcomes. Four competencies have become the foundation of IPE: communication, teams and teamwork, roles and responsibilities, and values and ethics. Sanborn writes that these competencies “form the cornerstones of collaborative practice.”

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