Discourse / Discours - Reality Check: Are We Truly Preparing Our Students for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice?

Jenn Salfi, Jennifer Mohaupt, Christine Patterson, Dianne Allen

Abstract


Many academic settings offer interprofessional education (IPE) experiences that are of short duration and situated in safe, controlled environments such as classrooms or simulation labs. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a 10-week IPE strategy that was incorporated into the final clinical practicum of a BScN program. A mixed methods design was chosen, in the belief that qualitative data would help explain quantitative data from pre-test/post-test design (n = 268). Quantitative results revealed that participants disagreed more with statements on interprofessional collaboration (IPC) after completion of the strategy (p = 0.00). Qualitative findings reinforced these results, revealing a theme of common sense is not so common when it comes to IPC in the health-care setting. When student nurses are being prepared for IPC, IPE strategies should be as "real" as possible, with exposure to some of the realities of interprofessional team functioning.

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