Abstract

Background
An inter-professional education (IPE) workshop centred around newly approved COVID-19 vaccination was attended by 77 Nursing and Pharmacy students.
Aim
To embed and evaluate the implementation of a virtual IPE workshop, and to upskill undergraduate nursing and pharmacy students about the Covid-19 vaccination.
Methods
The workshop was evaluated using an internally produced questionnaire completed by student participants from both pharmacy and nursing disciplines. A focus group was conducted with the IPE facilitators.
Results
77 students out of a potential 400 attended the workshop, (19% attendance). Of the 77 participants, 45 students (25 Nursing, 21 Pharmacy) completed the questionnaire (58%), who rated the content highly. There was overall positivity toward working inter-professionally, with no evidence that either nursing or and pharmacy students rated the workshop significantly different from each other. Qualitative findings from students and facilitators corroborated with the finding that the workshop enhanced professional development. Thus, the interprofessional interactions where students were all working collaboratively toward the same goal was achieved, the ultimate purpose of interprofessional education. It was agreed that such an event should be included as part of the student curricula.
Conclusion
Implementing an IPE event including real-time healthcare priorities can contribute to optimising students’ medicines education. More high quality longitudinal research is needed to understand the impact of such sessions on students’ competence and confidence.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Nov 2022

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