Lightning Talk Description: A large, system-based, accredited transition-to-practice program for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and Physician Assistants (Pas), known as the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) fellowship, expanded the program into the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of the Children’s Hospital in late 2022. The APP Fellowship program leaders and faculty team were able to leverage the new APP fellowship specialty track in PICU, initially with a single APP fellow, to engage the medical fellows in collaborative learning. Historically, simulations, both traditional and in situ, in the Children’s Hospital have been designed with objectives for medical residents and fellows, and the addition of other interprofessional learners, such as APPs or APP fellows, provides value to the team dynamics for the benefit of the medical resident or fellows, primarily.
As the APP fellowship faculty developed simulations for the new APP fellow, scenarios were designed to replicate common situations encountered with the pediatric critical care population, aligning to the accreditation standards and simulation philosophy of the system-wide fellowship program. In order to promote collaboration and enhance the engagement of learners during the debriefing of the simulation, medical fellows were invited to participate in the two scenarios, facilitated by the APP supervisor and an APP educator. The simulation experience highlighted communication opportunities between the APP and medical fellows, and created rich discussions in debrief that may not have otherwise occurred if the medical fellow had not attended. Unlike traditional interprofessional simulations that engage many learners of many professions, this experience provided a structured way to approach learning with a smaller, more tailored group of learners. With a robust evaluation in place, learning outcomes demonstrate the impact of this interprofessional learning experience. The results indicate not only quantitative data that meets self-reported APP fellow satisfaction (Kirkpatrick’s Level 1 data), but the minimum threshold for increase in perceived clinical knowledge (Kirkpatrick’s Level 2 data). Additionally, qualitative feedback from the APP fellow indicates the satisfaction with the inclusion of the medical fellow, the increase in team collaboration and communication, and the fellow’s intent to apply the knowledge gained through this interprofessional simulation experience in future patient scenarios.
As APP fellowships continue to grow in popularity as a structured method of onboarding and supporting APPs to their new careers, building intentional interprofessional experiences will enhanced the APP’s preparedness for practice by building skills of teaming and communication.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (National Center OICPD). The National Center OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
As a Jointly Accredited Provider, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
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This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
Learners can claim CE credit by completing the Daily Evaluation.