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Across the Foundation’s priority areas, our grantees are working to improve the health of the public through innovative research and programs.  The Foundation awards up to 40 grants on a rotating schedule each year.

Promoting Nursing Leadership in Interprofessional Education in Community Settings

Theme: Interprofessional Education and Teamwork, New Models for Clinical Education

Institution: University of Minnesota

Grant Type: Board Grant

Award Amount: $300,000

Grant Awarded: January 2016

Principal Investigator: Barbara Brandt, EdM, PhD

The recent release of the Institute of Medicine’s Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Report the Future of Nursing underscores the critical need for continued development of clinical, community-based interprofessional educational opportunities in which graduate and advanced practice nursing students work with learners from other professions to lead and collaborate in community-based models of care. The report underscores the imperative that nurses lead to broaden partnerships within and outside of the nursing profession to improve health care, and ultimately the health of the nation.

Collaboratively, the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation will work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to leverage and complement a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s funded $1.5M National Center project Promoting Nursing Leadership in Interprofessional Education in Community Settings. Together, the three private foundations will support up to 25 nursing school-led community-based programs to develop interprofessional activities. This project will increase the number of graduate and advanced practice nursing schools/programs that have robust and sustainable interprofessional clinical courses and experiential learning opportunities in community settings. Those nursing schools/programs awarded grants will develop interprofessional courses and activities while cultivating partnerships among health professions, educational and community partners.

The project will:

  • Increase the number of nursing schools/programs that have robust and sustainable interprofessional clinical courses and experiences in community settings.
  • Develop a set of project metrics that form a dashboard of progress in the implementation of Nexus partnerships. These implementation progress metrics will align with the National Center Data Repository and the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action interprofessional collaboration (IPC) metrics and outcomes.
  • Develop an educational program and supporting curricular resources informed by National Center findings to provide technical assistance and guidance to grantees as they develop and implement their Nexus projects.
  • Develop a comprehensive dissemination plan to foster replication and scalability of the project efforts.

The project will utilize the significant interprofessional practice and education (IPE) research, experience and resources of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The National Center team leverages public-private investments, particularly the standardized data and program implementation experience of the Nexus Innovations Network and the 41 Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Education, Quality, Practice and Retention (NEPQR) grantees, to create toolkits and training programs to align education and practice, known as the Nexus. While the primary focus of this project is nursing education, the National Center will facilitate collaboration across disciplines, in education and in practice, to strengthen the culture and commitment to interprofessional collaboration across participating organizations.