The Advancement of Interprofessional Collaboration and Education Project (Aka: Project ADVICE), made possible by Mrs. Joan K. Stout, RN, FAAN, is a transformative resource promoting collaboration among health care professionals at every level and discipline to support the best possible outcomes for patient care. Project ADVICE is an ongoing initiative that seeks to measure the longitudinal impact on student learning outcomes and practice.
Project ADVICE is administered by the Office of the Dean in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS), in consultation with the faculty. Together they aim to increase competency in both interprofessional and collaborative clinical practice for all CNHS students.
The project also aims to encourage students and faculty to create lasting resources for future use by Barry students and alum. The faculty is committed to graduating entry-level healthcare professionals who are able to transform their practice locations into collaborative, patient-centered practice settings that contribute to healthy patient outcomes and improved team collaboration and communication skills.
Project ADVICE will use a multimodal approach to improving hands-on, collaborative clinical skills. Some of the initiatives supported by the project include:
- Classroom lectures and seminars on communication skills and best practices that promote collaboration and inter- and trans-disciplinary clinical problem solving.
- Providing enrichment opportunities to faculty and students to develop and enhance collaboration across disciplines.
- Asynchronous learning modules on inter- and trans- disciplinary collaboration that will be integrated throughout the undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula (and available to all students in Barry's health-related programs).
- An online resource that will be available to students and alum.
- Interprofessional simulation scenarios for students in health related programs to allow for skill development and practice.
- Implementing assessment methods through research that will measure the impact of the project on practice.
Measuring Outcomes and Long Term Plans
The first set of meaningful outcomes have been completed and distributed containing the results of our experiences.
Project ADVICE has received Institutional review Board approval to collect data from the sessions using the Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale developed by King in 2016 and a session evaluation to gather qualitative data on success on meeting Project ADVICE goals within the sessions. Following completion of the sessions in fall 2020, the data will be analyzed and an article on our findings prepared for publication. The project is set to continue to allow adequate time to assess the longitudinal impact of the project on student learning outcomes and practice, and make evidence-based recommendations for curricular innovations both locally and nationally.
The plan for ongoing sustainability includes dedicating the time and resources necessary to finding funds, partnerships and in-kind donations to sustain this project beyond the initial start-up period.
Barry University agrees to meet the objectives of Project ADVICE, including establishing plans for integrating lectures and seminars on communication skills and best practices via Team STEPPS that promote collaboration and inter- and trans-disciplinary clinical problem solving into the University’s curricula. Additionally, we commit to making interprofessional team practice in both simulated and real practice settings a priority.
Project ADVICE Student Sessions
- Spring 2017: April
The Impaired Practitioner
- Spring 2018: February
April Mass Casualty Response
Death and Dying
- 2018-2019: October and March
A continuum of interprofessional patient care in three settings Fitness Center, Emergent Hospital Care, Home Care
- Fall 2019: November
The Difficult Airway Intensive care simulations-Medical and Cardiac
- Fall 2020
EMS, Acute Respiratory Distress, ECMO, Rehabilitation Collate data for research and publication
Additional Initiatives to Support Interprofessional Collaboration and Education
Faculty development funding to enhance interprofessional competence.
Project funding to enhance interprofessional practice.
Provide expert presenters in healthcare collaboration affiliated with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.
Encourage attendance at IPE events by other Colleges and Universities as well as healthcare providers.
Establish an off-campus speaker series to ensure convenience for the attendees, as well as networking opportunities, group exercises and appropriate accommodations.
Web technologies will be integrated into each learning session allowing both recording for future student learning opportunities and live broadcast to leverage the largest possible audience at each session.
About Joan K. Stout
Mrs. Joan K. Stout, RN, FAAN, President and Managing Director of the Hugoton Foundation, has been a registered nurse for more than 60 years. Born and raised in New York City, Mrs. Stout attended the University of Vermont before returning to the city and obtaining her nursing diploma at Lenox Hill Hospital in 1952. She married, raised four children, and continued to work as a bedside nurse until 1983, when a patient she cared for named Wallace Gilroy recognized her exceptional passion for nursing and asked her to serve as president of a foundation he established called The Hugoton Foundation. While the Hugoton Foundation funds a number of cultural organizations and Catholic agencies, its core mission is improving patient care. Stout has focused much of the Foundation’s funding on projects designed to implement evidence-based improvements in patient care or incorporate clinical practice into nursing education.
NYU College of Nursing Magazine 2012