Preceptors in the Nexus:
Interprofessional Learning IN Practice
A New Models of Care Require New Models of Learning Institute
Workshop dates for 2017 - 2018 to be announced soon
The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is pleased to present Preceptors in the Nexus: Interprofessional Learning IN Practice. This two-day workshop offers interprofessional teams the knowledge to enhance interprofessional learning and team-based collaborative practice at their site. To further support networking and learning after six months, the Preceptors in the Nexus (PIN) team will offer a two-hour online symposium and “office hours”. This feature will encourage accountability for the teams to implement an interprofessional learning IN practice project to work toward implementing intentional interprofessional education and transforming practice environments.
What is the Nexus?
Today, a very real and substantial gap exists between health professions education and health care delivery in the United States. The goal of the National Center Nexus is to bridge this gap by creating a deeply connected, integrated learning system to transform education and care together.
In our work throughout the United States, the Nexus is able to critically examine current evidence and practices to create practical models that can be integrated into different practice and learning environments more effectively. Pulling together vastly different stakeholders such as patients, families and communities; and incorporating students and residents into the health team to create better experiences, while improving health, and reducing costs.
What is Preceptors in the Nexus?
The purpose of this two-day workshop is to engage teams to develop the knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes needed to facilitate interprofessional learning IN practice. A key philosophy of this practical, active, fun, and fast-paced workshop is to impact the culture of practice settings to become more team-based, including engaging patients and their families, by intentionally integrating interprofessional learners into the process of care.
The PIN team has experience creating interprofessional learning environments in communities where all learn together: clinicians, students, residents, patients and their families. Based upon what we are learning, the National Center partnered with Kansas University Medical Center to create Preceptors in the Nexus toolkit, available on nexusipe.org. We know that more than 13,500 have viewed the online course with more than 5,000 completing all or part of it. Through research with the National Center, the Preceptors in the Nexus Institute has been developed based upon experiencing and scaling the model.
Inspire preceptors, clinicians, and clinical staff to facilitate intentional interprofessional education in practice for learners (called Interprofessional learning IN practice).
The target audience for the Preceptors in the Nexus workshop is interprofessional teams of practitioners that are also preceptors from any type of practice setting who are interested in developing or enhancing interprofessional practice and education at their site(s) or institution. A core component of the team should be preceptors and clinicians (even if all members cannot attend). Other team members to include would be experiential education/clerkship directors, administrators from the education and/or health system, and directors of centers of interprofessional education.
This workshop will be useful for a “micro-team” from one practice site to create an interprofessional experience or for a “macro-team” that are key stakeholders in practice-based interprofessional education and plan to lead transformation at many practices at their home institution (train-the-trainer approach). Teams from each institution should contain a minimum of two and a maximum of five members.
Learning Objectives of the Workshop
After completing the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define the key concepts of interprofessional learning IN practice.
- Develop an approach to developing an interprofessional education curriculum and assessment strategy to intentionally design interprofessional learning opportunities in practice settings.
- Demonstrate skills for supporting interprofessional learners, including clinicians, students, and residents.
- Describe how dysfunctional behaviors related to hierarchy and power affect interprofessional learning IN practice and offer strategies to prevent and address this behavior.
- Identify changes at your site to integrate interprofessional teamwork, including the learners, into your process of care.
- Create a strategy to respond to interprofessional learning IN practice needs in your organization.
The Preceptors in the Nexus: Interprofessional Learning IN Practice Institute was developed by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education through a collaboration with Sarah Shrader, PharmD, & Jana Zaudke, MD. Funding for Preceptors in the Nexus online program was provided in part by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration Cooperative Agreement Award No. UE5HP25067. The National Center is also funded in part by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation and the University of Minnesota.
The Interprofessional Education Site Readiness Tool (InSITE) was developed by Brian Sick, MD, with the support of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Office of Education. A special thanks to Sarah Shrader, PharmD, & Jana Zaudke, MD, for their contributions to the development through field testing and continuous feedback.