Background: Enabling undergraduate students from a variety of professions to learn together will assist them to work collaboratively in the future (Thistlewaite & Moran, 2010). Interprofessional learning has benefits that include assisting students to communicate with other disciplines, to better understand teamwork, their professional roles and the roles of others (Ponzer et al., 2004). A Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) is a collaborative initiative between education and practice staff who focus on clinical teaching and learning (Fourie & McClelland, 2011). An Interprofessional (IP) DEU has been established in the perioperative setting at Counties Manukau Health, to support Bachelor of Nursing (BN) and Bachelor of Nursing Pacific (BNP) students from Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and Year 4 MBChB Medical Students from the University of Auckland (UoA) cohorted to the South Auckland Clinical Campus. Research is being undertaken with the support of the three organisations, and grants from the MIT Research Fund and Ako Aotearoa.
• Support interprofessional learning (IPL) for students (Nursing and Medicine) in the perioperative setting.
• Support IPL and collaborative practice through shared learning opportunities for students and staff in this DEU.
• Explore potential to include students from other disciplines in this setting, such as anaesthetic technicians.
Methods: Qualitative descriptive design using student questionnaires and focus groups with students, perioperative staff and the DEU operational group with thematic analysis of data collected.
Results: Preliminary findings show that an Interprofessional DEU experience facilitates student’s learning as they feel supported, areable to collaborate, learn and work together in a different way and to communicate with other disciplines, to better understand teamwork and challenges.
Conclusions: Initial evaluation has shown benefits to students’ teamwork, skills, confidence and role awareness. This in in line with benefits of IPE cited in international literature (WHO, 2010). This presentation will summarise preliminary findings and highlight the student experience of an inter-professional DEU placement.
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