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 Interprofessional 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. 

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. 

Compassionate Scholars with Schwartz Center

Recent Award Winner

IPEC and USPHS Honor 2018 Public Health Excellence Award Recipients

National winners receive distinction for advancing interprofessional education and practice in response to opioid epidemic

On June 26, 2018, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) and the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) announced the recipients of the joint 2018 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award during the IPEC Summer 2018 Council Meeting in Washington, D.C. The recipients from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) were selected for their exceptional achievements related to their project East Tennessee State University Responds to the Opioid Epidemic Through Interprofessional Education, Community Engagement, Research, and Clinical Care. To view the full press release, click here.

Featured Webinar Series

AACN Webinar Series: A New Era for Academic Nursing
This 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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