The development of creative strategies of Interprofessional Education (IPE) in simulation environments were conceptualized by faculty at the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing, Regina Campus. The Curriculum Innovation Fund from the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness provided the opportunity to plan and create the 'Inspiring Interprofessional Excellence' pre-conference event, prior to the 2015 Canadian Nursing Student Association (CNSA) national conference.

Interprofessional simulation is defined as occurring “when two or more members from different health care professions participate in experiential and shared learning that is reflective and focuses on optimal health outcomes. At the end of the experience, evaluation may be measured by learner competence and engagement with interprofessional simulation” (Failla & MacCauley, 2014, p. 577). The Inspiring Interprofessional Excellence event held January 26th, 2015 for provincial and national health professional students was developed to provide an environment for experiential learning, networking and collaboration with integration of a simulation experience and interprofessional competencies. The goal was to expand and create new opportunities for hands-on, active learning and applied innovation in a student-oriented and student-driven initiative. The pre-conference strategy guides how to implement interprofessional simulation strategies utilizing practical and meaningful student-centred approaches for simulation-based IPE as follows:

  • CNSA package containing the agenda and description of the Socrative App by Mastery Connect.
  • Constructed scenarios that focused on IPE competencies with specific objectivesconcentrating on cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning assisted with student knowledge development.
  • SimWar Passport to track points scored within the team concentrating on competencies specific to interprofessional collaboration.
  • Knowledge translation utilizing Social Interaction to assist with improved communication, collaboration and enhanced engagement of students and faculty.
  • Materials utilized in the interprofessional simulation were supplied from the Curriculum Innovation Fund.

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