The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning: Innovation in building a collaborative ready workforce

Sunday, 17 November 2013: 11:40 AM

Pamela Waynick-Rogers, DNP, APRN-BC
School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Learning Objective 1: Discuss the importance of interprofessional education and practice in the healthcare system.

Learning Objective 2: Identify ways to incorporate interprofessional experiences into both academic and clinical settings.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM)  (Institute of Medicine, 2011), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)  support the call for interprofessional collaboration (IPC). Interprofessional collaborative practice is defined as, “when multiple health workers form different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers [sic], and communities to deliver the highest quality of care (World Health Organization, 2010, p. 13). Best methods to implement interprofessional education and collaborative care are being developed.

In order to meet the challenge of providing health care in the 21st century, educators across the nation have called for new approaches to health professions education, including opportunities for work-based learning, longitudinal clinical experiences across the duration of the formal program, and the chance to work in interprofessional teams. To answer this call, a group of educators from Belmont University and Lipscomb University Colleges of Pharmacy, Mid Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work Program at Tennessee State University Department of Social Work, and Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine and Nursing designed an innovative pilot program for incoming students. From the very start of their respective curricula, students contribute to care of patients in meaningful ways by working in interprofessional clinical teams.The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the importance of interprofessional education and practice in the healthcare system and to identify ways to incorporate interprofessional experiences into academic and clinical setting.