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Interprofessional Education

AACN's IPE Strategy

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

Interprofessional education (IPE) 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.

Upcoming Webinars & Events

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.

Online Interprofessional Module on Foodborne Outbreak - Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice
Designed to facilitate collaboration and shared learning experiences among nursing, medical, and public health students, Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice is a free, self-paced, interactive, online teaching module demonstrating the importance of interprofessional practice among health professionals to improve and protect population health. 

National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment
The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE) provides a forum for organizations committed to improving the educational experience and patient care outcomes within clinical learning environments. NCICLE seeks to simultaneously improve the quality of learning and patient care within CLEs through shared learning and collaborative practice among its member organizations.

iCollaborative Collection: Clinical Teaching and Learning Experiences without Physical Patient Contact
This resource collection was built in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s significant impact on the teaching and learning of health professionals. Designed by diverse educators, this working collection features clinical learning experiences, which can be readily used or easily adapted for specific, local settings, without the need for physical patient contact.

Additional Resources:

IPC Assessment Behaviors

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. 

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Featured Webinar Series: A New Era for Academic Nursing

AACN's New Era for Academic Nursing webinar series was designed to highlight outstanding examples of interprofessional engagement happening across the nation in response to recommendations contained in the groundbreaking report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing.

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2021 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award​

To view the 2021 award winners and five honorable metions, see the full press release

About the Award - The Excellence in IPE Collaboration Award presents an opportunity to showcase multidisciplinary efforts to impact community health. This Award is presented to a team of health-professional school based collaborators who have innovatively addressed a public health issue while making a lasting impact on the community’s health. In addition to including team members representing multiple professions, the proposed project should aim to establish a relationship between interprofessional practice and outcomes (community practice, public health education, and/or research).  See past award winners and award criteria

The 2022 application cycle will open in October 2021. For additional details about the honorees and the submission process, visit IPEC’s website.