Posted: May 15, 2019

Building Capacity for Interprofessional Education in a College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Faculty IPE leaders from nursing, speech-language pathology, athletic training, and health sciences designed and implemented an IPE learning module and activity to pilot the feasibility of offering IPE activities in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Thirty students from five disciplines participated in the activities. The participants were educated about core IPE competencies in an online learning module with an emphasis on interprofessional communication. Motivational interviewing techniques, which is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person's motivation and commitment to change, was shared with participants in a webinar format. The face-to-face IPE activity was accomplished with case scenarios applying motivational interviewing skills. Preliminary data analysis indicated that student learning objectives were met. The pilot project allowed students to participate in IPE activities and offer feedback. Barriers for scheduling were overcome by using a blended online and face-to-face format. To prevent IPE projects from becoming "one and done" activity, IPE must become a part of the culture. Resources are needed to increase capacity for IPE, faculty compensation or reassign time should be considered.


Faculty, Interprofessional Education, Building Capacity, Health Students


Luanne Billingsley, DNP, MBA, APRN-BC, CNE, Southeastern Louisiana University

Paula S. Currie, PhD, CCC-SLP, Southeastern Louisiana University

Ryan M. Green, PhD, LAT, ATC, Southeastern Louisiana University

Ralph Wood, PhD, CHES, Southeastern Louisiana University