The start of the summer was a busy time for SHHS faculty. All three departments were represented at the prestigious Interprofessional Education Institute (IPEC) held May 4-7, 2014 at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA. The team from the SHHS worked on a collaborative project - the National University Nurse-Managed Clinic (NUNMC). The NUNMC Project proposes to shift the paradigm for the provision of healthcare services by taking the interprofessional healthcare team directly to the community, to deliver comprehensive primary care services onsite at designated locations throughout an underserved neighborhood. A school-wide team from National University’s SHHS was selected this year to attend the conference. Nursing was represented by Alice Noquez, Community Health was represented by Joann Harper, and Health Sciences was represented by Irvin Kluth and Michael Myers. The team (named the “National Nuggets”) was led by Dean Gloria McNeal and worked with IPEC officials over three days. As part of the team building activities, the National Nuggets worked diligently on the NUNMC Project as a model for bringing more interdisciplinary activities to the SHHS. In the process, the Nuggets won the “Marshmallow Challenge”, beating out 24 teams by demonstrating the power of teamwork.
IPEC formed in 2009 as six national education associations of schools of the health professions formed a collaborative to promote and encourage constituent efforts that would advance substantive interprofessional learning experiences to help prepare future clinicians for team-based care of patients. These organizations that represent higher education in allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and public health would come to create core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice that can guide curricula development at all health professions schools. The NUNMC Project has been submitted as a grant to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Look for more interdisciplinary projects from the SHHS in the future!
|NU tops the list!|
|The team hard at work before the "Marshmallow Challenge".|
|The Winners! Left to right are: Michael Myers, Dean Gloria McNeal, Irvin Kluth, Alice Noquez, Joann Harper.|