Partnering & the Interprofessional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Education Curriculum

Research Paper Title

Partnering for a Sustainable Interprofessional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Education Curriculum.

Background

The World Health Organisation recommends that health care educators create a collaborative and practice-ready workforce.

Focused interprofessional education (IPE) promotes collaborative practice, yet few examples of how to develop sustained IPE and clinical partnerships exist.

Mental health care professionals competent in their specialty and prepared for interprofessional collaboration are needed to treat complex mental health needs of patients.

Methods

Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) faculty partnered with College of Pharmacy faculty to create didactic, clinical, and simulation coursework and IPE competencies within PMHNP courses.

Students developed skills about providing interprofessional mental health care.

Results

Recommendations for faculties include:

  • Embrace the value of interprofessional faculty partnerships;
  • Plan for time, money, motivation, and recognition needed for sustainable IPE; and
  • Design courses that become part of the fabric of the curricula.

Conclusions

Embedding IPE into PMHNP curricula creates increased faculty satisfaction and positive feedback from students and clinical sites.

Reference

Peterson, B.L., Pittenger, A.L., Kaas, M.J. & Lounsbery, J.L. (2019) Partnering for a Sustainable Interprofessional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Education Curriculum. The Journal of Nursing Education. 58(12), pp.723-727. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20191120-08.

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