Posted: April 24, 2015

Integrating Interprofessional Education (IPE) into Family Nurse Practitioner Education: Evaluating the Community Partner-IPE Practicum Collaborative Experience


Interprofessional (IP) collaboration is the cornerstone of delivering high quality, patient-centered, safe, and cost-effective care. Integrating IPE core competencies into the advanced practice nursing curriculum prepares Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) to work as members of an interprofessional health care team of physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, mental health workers, and community members. With experience in an interprofessional collaborative practice, FNPs will be more able to provide comprehensive, holistic primary health care to patients and families in the community.

This poster presentation is an evaluation of a community-academic interprofessional partnership model designed as an integrated practicum experience for FNP students. The Community Partner-IPE Practicum Collaboration model was previously introduced at a nursing faculty development workshop. The community practicum experience was developed with the purpose of providing FNP students with an active role in interprofessional collaboration through service in a high-need, resource challenged, urban neighborhood. Students work collaboratively with a community partner to develop goals and objectives for the practicum experience that meet the service needs of the community partner, the learning needs of the student, and the health care needs of selected families.


Interprofessional, Population Health, Community, Collaboration, Public Health Sciences, IPEC Spring 2015, Advanced Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioners


Kimberly P. Toole, DNP, APRN, CPNP, CNP, Xavier University

Debora M. Dole, PhD, CNM, RN, Georgetown University