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valued and each team member is encouraged to take the lead on
patient care issues related to their expertise.”
The 2003 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “Health
Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality,” served as a
major catalyst for health care educators and providers to move
forward with IPE. Accreditation standards from all health care
disciplines also clearly delineate expectations for students to be
educated with Interprofessional teams.
Carla Dieter, Ed.D., R.N., F.N.P-B.C., chair of USD
Nursing, noted, “‘The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education
for Professional Nursing Practice’ (2008) contains specific
language focusing on IPE as a central competency for patient-
centered care. IPE will be a major focus for our programming
in the coming years. The University of South Dakota is well-
positioned with the School of Health Science and the Sanford
School of Medicine to put IPE into practice.”
With this goal in mind, nursing is collaborating with the
Parry Simulation Center by assigning Jones to dedicated time
with the center. She is also leading an IPE Health Science team
to develop IPE experiences that will help shape IPE experiences
for students. •
USD Nursing students from the Sioux Falls campus, along
with new nursing faculty member Amy Jones, Ed.D., R.N., were
involved in the interprofessional simulation exercise showcasing
the grand opening of the Parry Center for Clinical Skills and
Simulation Sept. 5 and 6, 2012 at the Health Science Center in
Sioux Falls.
Students participated in a scenario involving a patient who
presented with chest pain and a heart attack that developed
into a cardiac arrest. Students from the fields of medicine,
physician assistant, pharmacy and nursing as well as residents
from internal medicine and family medicine were all involved in
managing the simulation, which also involved debriefing, where
students participated in a supportive environment to analyze the
simulated learning experience and encourage reflective learning.
This demonstration was a preview of our vision for
Interprofessional Education (IPE) where educators and students
from two or more health professions will come together to foster
a collaborative learning environment,” stated Jones.
Jeremy Hall, M.D., M.A., director of the Parry Center,
added, “The goal of IPE is to assist students in learning to
function as an effective member of an interprofessional team in
preparation for their future practice. Joint decision-making is
Setting the Stage
for Interprofessional Education