Overcoming All Obstacles: A Framework for Embedding Interprofessional Education Into a Large, Multisite Bachelor of Science Nursing Program
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As the delivery of health care becomes more complex and challenging, the need for all health care professionals to collaborate as a team has been identified. Nurses are an integral part of the health care team, so it is critical that their education prepare them for interprofessional collaborative practice. Although many academic settings are currently offering interprofessional education (IPE) in the form of compulsory and elective activities and courses, it may not be enough nor an option for programs with large volumes of students who are distributed across a variety of sites and locations. This article outlines a framework that has been successfully adopted by one large school of nursing that chose to integrate interprofessional competencies throughout its curriculum. This IPE agenda is cost-effective, sustainable, and accessible, and it can be adapted to meet the needs of other prelicensure programs that face similar obstacles or challenges with offering IPE.
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