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Collaborating to Implement Interprofessional Educational Competencies Through an International Immersion Experience

Bentley, Regina EdD, RN; Engelhardt, Joan A. MSEd, RN; Watzak, Bree PharmD, BCPS

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000022
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Interprofessional collaborative practice is the key to safe, high-quality, accessible, patient-centered care. Achieving this requires the development of interprofessional competencies by health professions students as part of the learning process so that they enter the workforce ready to practice effective team-based care. The authors describe how the immersion process of an international short-term medical mission experience can intensify interprofessional learning by addressing selected Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), 2011, Core Interprofessional Education Competencies.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor (Dr Bentley), The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing, Tuscaloosa; PhD Student (Ms Engelhardt), UTHSC-Houston SPH, Texas; Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice (Dr Watzak), Adjunct Associate Professor (Dr Bentley), College of Nursing, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Bryan.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Bentley, The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing, 650 University Blvd, East, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 (

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