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In November 2012, the SIUE School of Nursing and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine held a retreat to discuss Inter-Professional Education (IPE) collaborations to develop activities that will benefit both medical and nursing students.
One of the goals for the retreat was to discuss current literature about successful IPE strategies. It is important for medical fields to develop clinical experiences and simulations to improve inter-professional communication in order to promote teamwork. Another objective of the retreat was to ensure that all health care providers who graduate from the two schools are able to practice at the optimal level and, therefore, positively impact patient outcomes.
"One of the outcomes of this retreat was to look at how we can conduct activities and simulations collaboratively with the SIU School of Medicine sometime in 2013," said Dr. Roberta Harrison, assistant dean for undergraduate and alternative programs in the SIUE School of Nursing. "We are working to set the stage for the spring when an IPE conference will be held on SIUE's campus and additional conversations and collaborations with other health sciences will occur."
The retreat was planned by faculty from the SIUE School of Nursing and the SIU School of Medicine. The faculty members were: Dr. Jerry Kruse, Dr. Chris MacDowell and Tracey Smith from the SIU School of Medicine; and Dr. Rhonda Comrie, Dr. Chris Durbin, Valerie Griffin, Dr. Roberta Harrison, Dr. Kathy Ketchum and Dr. Becky Luebbert from the SIUE School of Nursing.