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Fall 2019
Real-World Collaboration

If you’re planning a career in healthcare, learning how to work with other professions isn’t just a bonus. It’s essential.

That’s the idea behind Interprofessional Education (IPE) Week at the University of Indianapolis. Held every October, the event brings together students from the School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and College of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Students participate in classroom and extracurricular activities to learn about each other’s roles as nurses, physical or occupational therapists, athletic trainers, social workers, and psychologists.

Figuring out how to look outside the box of your own profession is the key to better patient outcomes. And it’s that insightful problem-solving that employers are looking for.

“There’s a big push in all of our professions to work more interprofessionally. By giving students the opportunity to do that, that helps them to be more prepared for fieldwork, clinicals or internships,” said Dr. Alison Nichols, assistant professor of occupational therapy.

This approach to patient-centered care is part of the unique partnership between Community Health Network and the University. The partnership creates opportunities for research, internships and clinical experiences.

Emergency simulation

From the ambulance ride to the emergency room to post-trauma care, the emergency simulation allows students to practice their skills in an emergency response scenario. 

Escape room

Following the familiar escape room model, students are challenged to work together to solve puzzles and gain knowledge on medical conditions like diabetes or drug overdose.

“Interprofessional education really helps you gain more knowledge about careers in the health field and similar professions. It gives you a glimpse of what those careers could be like in the real world.”
–Layne Franklin ’20 (public health education & promotion) 

Poverty simulation

The Community Action Poverty Simulation promotes a greater understanding of poverty. Students role-play the lives of low-income families, including single parents trying to care for their children and senior citizens maintaining their self-sufficiency on Social Security.

Narcan training

The United States is facing a public health crisis directly related to the chronic disease of addiction. In this training session, students learn about the reversal of opioid overdose with naloxone (Narcan) and how to administer it.