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Student Perceptions Regarding Collaborative Intraprofessional Nursing Education

George, Tracy P., DNP, RN, APRN-BC, CNE; Murphy, Pamela Ford, PhD, MBA; DeCristofaro, Claire, MD; Hucks, J. Marty, MN, APRN-BC, CNE

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000584
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Background Teamwork is an important factor in the provision of high-quality health care. There is a lack of research on collaboration between nursing students at different program levels.

Purpose The purpose of this project was to determine student perceptions about collaborative learning activities between prelicensure BSN and MSN students.

Methods Community assessments by BSN students identified health needs and issues for 6 underserved populations. Online MSN students used these assessments to create low-literacy patient education pamphlets. In turn, BSN students provided educational sessions at community sites using the pamphlets. Both groups completed presurveys and postsurveys assessing their perceptions of collaborative learning.

Results There were statistically significant differences between the respondent groups for 3 survey questions about how this project helped prepare them for future practice and professional collaboration. Eight qualitative themes were identified.

Conclusion Although desiring more face-to-face interaction between groups, students reported that collaboration was important.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professors (Dr George and Ms Hucks), School of Health Sciences, Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina; Assistant Professors (Drs Murphy and DeCristofaro), Behavioral Sciences, College of Health, Human Services, and Science, Ashford University, San Diego, California.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr George, Francis Marion University, 4822 E Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506 (tgeorge@fmarion.edu).

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Accepted for Publication: June 12, 2018

Published ahead of print: July, 26 2018

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