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College of Nursing, CIPER earn prestigious national grant

Creighton University’s College of Nursing and the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) have earned a $50,000 grant from the nation’s premier organization promoting interprofessional and community-based health initiatives.

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education named the College of Nursing and CIPER as one of 16 awardees for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice grants. The grants aim to accelerate the development of creative, robust and sustainable interprofessional initiatives among health sciences institutions, allowing students in health sciences pursuits to learn and work together with individuals and their families in community-based clinical settings.

The title of the funded project at Creighton is “Cultivating Collaboration: Building a Successful Collaborative Care Model in an Academic Health Partnership.” The project supports the development of a clinical and educational model of a nurse practitioner-led interprofessional team at Creighton’s new CHI University Campus medical facility.

Creighton’s partner in health care delivery, CHI Health, is also recognized in the grant. To further enhance the project, both Creighton and CHI provided matching funds — $25,000 each — bringing the total devoted to the project to $100,000.

“This grant is the culmination of an extraordinary effort among all of Creighton’s health sciences schools and colleges, along with our partner, CHI Health,” said Meghan Potthoff, PhD, APRN-NP, the principal investigator on the grant and an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. “The future of health care and health care education is collaborative, interprofessional and clinical and we at Creighton have always strived to promote that team atmosphere in care. We are honored and humbled by this recognition and look forward to enhancing our interprofessional education and research and finding new ways to work together as health care educators and clinicians.”

In addition to Potthoff, the joint Creighton-CHI grant team includes: Cathy Carrico, DNP, APRN-NP, FNP; Joy Doll, OTD, OTR/L; Todd DeFreece, JD, MBA, MHA; Gail Jensen, PhD, PT, FAPTA; Joan Lappe, PhD, RN, FAAN; Kandis McCafferty, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM.

Grantees will convene in Minneapolis, Oct. 24 to 26 for a kickoff program with the National Center staff and faculty. The program will discuss initial work and implementation plans for each project.

“Nurse practitioners are increasingly taking lead roles in a number of clinical and educational health care situations,” said Catherine Todero, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing. “This grant and the project created by a dedicated group of Creighton health professions educators and clinicians reflects the pull toward a collaborative, team-based approach to caring for patients. I am excited about the grant and look forward to learning of the improved patient outcomes that will be accomplished.”

An advisory council of national leaders in interprofessional practice and education selected the grant recipients and, in addition to the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, funding was also made possible through the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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