Interprofessional Education

AACN strategic plan includes: Lead innovation in academic nursing that promotes team- based, interprofessional health care.

Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.”

AACN’s strategic initiatives related to interprofessional education and practice:

  • Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC): AACN is a proud founding member of the IPEC and works to plan and implement the national IPEC faculty development institutes as well as planning and implementing the IPEC webinar series.

  • Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative (IPC): a coalition of eleven leading health professions organizations including AACN, maintains a Web site to share news and resources with faculty about the group’s ongoing work to assess and measure professionalism across all members of the healthcare team.

  • Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education (IHPE): AACN represents academic nursing at these biannual forums.

  • Compassion Scholars Program: AACN partners with the Schwartz Center on collaborative compassionate care.
Upcoming Interprofessional Events
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Interprofessional Education Websites:

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
In 2009 six national education associations of schools of the health professions formed a collaborative to promote and encourage constituent efforts that would advance substantive interprofessional learning experiences to help prepare future health professionals for enhanced team-based care of patients and improved population health outcomes. These organizations that represent higher education in allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and public health created core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice to guide curricula development across health professions schools.

IPEC Archived Webinars

Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative
A coalition of eleven leading health professions organizations including AACN, maintains a Web site to share news and resources with faculty about the group’s ongoing work to assess and measure professionalism across all members of the healthcare team.

Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
Global Forum is an ongoing, convening activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that brings together stakeholders from multiple nations and professions to network, discuss and illuminate issues within health professional education.

National Academies of Practice
Distinguished professionals advancing interprofessional healthcare by fostering collaboration and advocating policies in the best interest of individuals and communities.

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
The National Center offers and supports evaluation, research, data and evidence that ignites the field of interprofessional practice and education and leads to better care, added value and healthier communities.

Additional Resources:

IPC Assessment Behaviors

MedEdPORTAL
High quality, peer-reviewed, competency-based learning modules for interprofessional health education.

Hammer D, Anderson MB, Brunson WD, Grus C, et al. Defining and Measuring Construct of Interprofessional ProfessionalismJournal of Allied Health. Summer 2012; 41(2):e49-e53.

Holtman MS, Frost JS, Hammer DP, McGuinn K, Nunez LM. Interprofessional professionalism: Linking professionalism and interprofessional careJournal of Interprofessional Care. 2011, 25:383-385. 

Compassionate Scholars with Schwartz Center