Purpose: The purpose of this presentation is to describe scholar leadership development and scope of influence in team projects to advance nursing education. An assessment of faculty knowledge, attitudes and practices in Interprofessional education (IPE) was conducted.
Methods: The Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy provided support and mentorship for the scholar’s individual leadership development demonstrated by team projects to advance nursing education in the area of Interprofessional education (IPE). A multidisciplinary team consisting of faculty representing public health, health administration, occupational sciences, sport and physical education sciences and dietary sciences was recruited to develop a consensus statement for IPE and conduct a faculty assessment of knowledge and attitudes toward and practices in IPE.
Results: Key findings from the assessment of IPE knowledge attitudes and practices (N=77, 61%) were that faculty were familiar with IPE (87%), felt it should be prioritized (80%) and that faculty participation should be encouraged (87%). But confidence in IPE skills was low (42%). Faculty were also concerned that it would increase workload (50%) and (45%) did not perceive support for IPE by administration.
Conclusions: Faculty highly value IPE and believe it should be a curriculum priority but need administrative support to develop IPE skills and integrate content. The scholar transitioned mid-academy to another university setting where new Master’s program curricula in nursing administration and education are being developed. As a result of growth in leadership skills and confidence provided through the NFLA experience, the scholar now has the opportunity to lead curriculum development in a new setting.