Health care profession graduates, including associate degree nursing graduates, are required to care for clients with complex medical conditions and multiple comorbidities. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has mandated the addition of interprofessional education into health care curricula to improve communication, collaboration, and teamwork. Associate degree nursing programs, thus, must implement interprofessional education into their curricula. The goal is to improve patient safety and patient outcomes. There was a gap in the literature about what was known about how associate degree nursing faculty implement interprofessional education. The purpose of this study was to better understand the experiences of associate degree nursing faculty who worked to implement interprofessional education and interprofessional competencies into nursing curricula. The research design was a basic qualitative approach using purposive, nonprobability sampling. The target population for the study was associate degree nursing faculty. Eleven participants who held a minimum of a master’s degree and were employed full-time in an associate degree nursing program took part in semistructured interviews. Thematic analysis of the data followed four steps, and four themes emerged from the results of the analysis: lack of knowledge of interprofessional education, barriers to implementation of interprofessional education activities, faculty desire to learn, and improved student outcomes. The results showed none of the associate degree nurse faculty participants could identify the requisite four competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. Approximately 30% of the participants could articulate ACEN interprofessional standards for accreditation. All 11 participants indicated they were motivated to learn more about interprofessional education if they had the opportunity, and they would participate in faculty development about interprofessional education. The results of the study supported the need for associate degree nursing faculty development about interprofessional education and accreditation standards to better prepare associate degree nursing graduates to practice in complex health care environments.
|Commitee:||Hartshorn, Jeanette, Sabet, Behrooz|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Associate degree nursing, Experiences, Interprofessional education|
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