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Advanced Nursing Education: Interprofessional Education Pediatrics Through the Ages (IPEPA)

Research Team

Joanne Miller, Principal Investigator, Rush University College of Nursing
Janice Odiaga, Co-Investigator, Lead Faculty, Rush University College of Nursing

Award Period


Funding Source

Health Resources & Services Administration


The goal of Interprofessional Education Pediatrics through the Ages (IPEPA) is to prepare advanced practice nursing students and other health profession trainees to function as a deliberative, interprofessional team optimizing the health and quality of life for individuals with multiple chronic conditions (MCC). This educational transformation will foster a culture in which team members perform at the top of their licensure and lead change to advance health care.

The achievement of this goal is guided by a requisite knowledge of the IOM’s Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competency (IPEC) domains: Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice, Roles/Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication, Teams and Teamwork.
The objectives of Project IPEPA are as follows:

Prepare faculty and students with the knowledge and technological skills to teach and care for persons with MCC in an interprofessional environment; Integrate the care of children and older adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) into interprofessional education (IPE) clinical opportunities for advanced nursing education (ANE) students and graduate students from other healthcare discipline; Serve as a model for other programs and institutions training ANE students by disseminating curriculum, activities, and simulations from this program.

Major strategies to accomplish IPEPA's objectives are: 1) Design and deliver a university-wide faculty development workshop to increase knowledge and skills in the context of IPEC domains and develop faculty champions in both academic and clinical environments; 2) Development of at least two, 2-3 hour student workshops to teach the IPEC domains facilitating patient-centered care for persons with MCC in on-site and on-line format; 3) Create interactive clinical and DNP learning experiences with at least one other graduate student programs from Rush using evidenced base practice guidelines for persons with MCC and informatics to transform healthcare delivery thereby improving patient outcomes; 4) Infuse Rush University College of Nursing (CON) Palliative Care course, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Motivational interviewing in Health Care Program to increase student accessibility and utilization of content for person-centered care in clinical settings and seminars; 5) Use of capstone projects requiring interprofessional collaboration to meet the CON terminal objectives and the DNP Essentials; 6) Disseminate effective team care models, curriculum, learning activities and simulations at national conferences and publications

IPEPA requests funding preference for "Substantially Benefits Underserved Populations" based upon Rush University Colleges demonstrated commitment to medically underserved populations of the city of Chicago, Illinois and the Midwest region, through our patient care, teaching, and research.

For more information about this project, please contact:
Joanne Miller
Phone: 312-942-7219