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Developing a Foundation for Interprofessional Education Within Nursing and Medical Curricula

Horsley, Trisha Leann PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE; Reed, Trent DO, FACEP; Muccino, Keith SJ, MD; Quinones, Donna BS, CHSE; Siddall, Viva Jo MS, MS, RRT-ACCS, CHSE; McCarthy, Janet MSN, MBA, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000255
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Effective teamwork is essential to foster patient safety and promote quality patient care. Students may have limited to no exposure to interprofessional education (IPE) or collaborative practice, therefore making it challenging to learn how to work in teams. This article describes how a nursing and a medical school collaborated to systematically integrate IPE simulations into the curricula so that every graduate from the respective schools received TeamSTEPPS® education and participated in a standardized IPE simulation experience.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (Dr Horsley); Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Dean and Director, Simulation Education, and Director, Emergency Medicine Clerkship, Stritch School of Medicine (Dr Reed); Assistant Provost, Associate Professor, Stritch School of Medicine, and Executive Director Center for Simulation Education, Health Sciences Division (Dr Muccino); Administrative Director Center for Simulation Education, Health Sciences Division (Ms Quinones); Simulation Clinical Educator and Research Assistant, Health Sciences Division (Ms Siddall); and Instructor and ABSN Program Director, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (Ms McCarthy), Loyola University Chicago, Illinois.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Horsley, 2160 S First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153 (

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Accepted for publication: January 30, 2016

Published ahead of print: March 10, 2016

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