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Abstract

Purpose: Interprofessional Education (IPE) incorporated into healthcare discipline instruction has been shown to be successful in improving the understanding perceptions of complimentary professions. The purpose of this mixed method study was to measure differences in perceptions of early Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) students and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) with participation in a immersive interprofessional education experience. Method: Students completed a pre and posttest survey consisting of the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale and several short answer qualitative questions. Cohorts of BSN and DPT students participated in a computerized mannequin simulation experience or a hybrid simulation. Results: Students indicated they learned about each other’s scope of practice and recognized the benefits of teamwork through collaboration. Conclusion: Students showed increased knowledge of the other profession, appreciated the opportunity for interprofessional learning, and were interested in having more IPE simulation learning experiences.

Author Bio(s)

Sarah M. Koplow, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, is an assistant professor in the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Melissa Morris, MSN, RN, CPN, CHSE is the Director of Simulation and Innteractive Technology at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Shari Rone-Adams, PT, MHSA, DBA is the Chair of the Physical Therapy Department , and an associate professor at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Heather Hettrick PT, PhD, CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT is an associate professor in the physical therapy department at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Bini Litwin, PT, DPT, PhD, MBA is the chair of the TDPT program in the Physical Therapy Department and an associate professor at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Lisa B. Soontupe, EdD, RN, CNE is an associate professor in the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Archana Vatwani, PT, DPT, MBA, CLWT, CDP is an assistant professor in the Physical Therapy Department at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Acknowledgements

We wish to acknowledge the support of Jo Ann Kleier, PhD, EdD, ARNP, ACNP-BC in her assistance with the statistical analysis. Permission form Dr. Kleier obtained.

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