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School of Nursing Launches Website to Promote Interprofessional Education

Posted: Feb. 26, 2014

Core UT-Interprofessional Education HRSA grant faculty

Core IPE HRSA grant faculty Left to Right: Celina Mankey (Medicine); Gayle Timmerman (Nursing); Carol Delville (Nursing); Heather Becker (Evaluation); Barbara Jones (Social Work); Veronica Young (Pharmacy); Debra Lopez (Pharmacy); and Patricia Hord (Administration)

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has launched UT-Interprofessional Education (UT-IPE) — a new website providing a centralized location for interprofessional education information available to all health providers and professionals.

IPE Logo and link to the website

The website offers opportunities to participate in IPE, resources that facilitate IPE, and information about the core Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competencies (PDF) for preceptors, faculty, and students in the health professions through videos and links. UT Austin departments, colleges, and organizations that host events, lectureships, and opportunities related to IPE are encouraged to submit events to the website calendar.

The National Institutes of Health: Patient Safety and Quality have stated that collaboration and teamwork among health professionals are vital aspects to the successful delivery of high-quality patient care, and a landmark report recently published by the Institute of Medicine emphasized that efforts to improve health care delivery will need to incorporate IPE in health care workforce education and training.

“Our goal in launching the website is to transform health care by promoting a more collaborative framework for health professionals,” said Gayle Timmerman, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN and chair for the Dell Medical School IPE Subcommittee. “The UT-IPE website will help remove a variety of communication barriers that arise when busy providers, students, faculty and preceptors try to coordinate patient care by providing a convenient clearinghouse for IPE information and strategies.”

The core UT-IPE faculty team is made up of faculty and students from the Schools of Nursing and Social Work, the College of Pharmacy, and UT Southwestern Medical School and will enable greater networking and collaboration across multiple disciplines, such as the new Dell Medical School, and the departments of Psychology and Nutritional Sciences.

Initial funding for the website was made possible by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Program. The $1 million three-year grant was awarded to the School of Nursing to help integrate IPE experiences with medicine, pharmacy and social work into the curriculum to provide comprehensive, evidence-based care of persons with multiple chronic conditions in underserved populations.