Future Directions for Interprofessional Education and Collaboration in the Health Sciences
Increases in the cost and complexity of health care have increased the need for high functioning health care teams. Nursing education, including the current work of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in revising the education essentials, has embraced the idea of common competency domains across all health care practice. In this session we will review the history of nurses’ involvement in interprofessional education and collaboration and discuss current models and future trends, as well as the importance of articulating the unique knowledge and skills of nursing and nurse identity. Discussion will emphasize best practices in nursing and interprofessional education as well as impediments to collaborative learning and practice. Participants will be asked to share their experiences and ideas.