The constantly changing, complex health care environment requires health care professionals to work effectively in interprofessional teams. This collaborative practice encourages providers from all professions (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, nutrition, physical therapy, etc.) to work together to provide the best quality care centered around the needs of patients and families. To meet the demands of collaborative practice, future health professionals must be educated to have the beginning knowledge and confidence to work in these interprofessional teams upon graduation.
In order for interprofessional education (IPE) to be effective and sustainable, the commitment must be present on many levels. The College of Nursing IPE Framework is organized so it demonstrates our commitment and strategies to IPE on five levels:
Organized in the following sections, you will find information, resources and activities occurring throughout the College of Nursing within each of the levels of commitment identified in the IPE Framework. This information will help explain the strategic goal of integration of IPE in the undergraduate education of health science students.