Nurses play a pivotal role in patient care as part of an interprofessional health care team.
USD Nursing is the only program in the state that is part of a School of Health Sciences and Division of Health Affairs, which includes 10 health science disciplines and the School of Medicine. This is critical as new national standards are calling for students to learn in interprofessional environments. We are uniquely situated to offer rich opportunities for students to have experiences learning in interprofessional teams. Interprofessional education opportunities are incorporated throughout the program.
In addition to an academic advisor, each student is assigned a faculty mentor who will connect with the student on a personal level throughout the program of study to facilitate the student's higher level of achievement and formation of a professional identity.
Our program gives students opportunities to engage in evidence-based practice and interprofessional research projects. We foster an understanding and respect for variations and complexities of care in the context of rural health nursing. Our students can participate in service learning projects both at home and abroad.
Our students learn in a simulated clinical environment that stresses interprofessional education. We use high fidelity mannequins, task trainer models, standardized patients and virtual unfolding patient cases.
Our department chair, Carla Dieter, Ed.D., FNP-BC, highlighted the importance of interprofessional healthcare in an article for MED Magazine.