Combining Teaching, Learning, Research and Service while Educating FNP Students at an Early Child Development Center: an Interprofessional Collaborative Approach

Friday, April 24, 2015
Key Ballroom 11-12 (Hilton Baltimore)
Christina Aplin-Kalisz, RN, MSN, DNP, FNP-BC, Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI
This presentation/poster will discuss how to combine teaching, learning, research, and service at an early child development center using an interprofessional collaborative approach to educate FNP students.  After attending this presentation/poster, attendees will be better equipped to meet all of the demands of their role as nurse practitioner faculty members.

The rigors of an academic appointment can be overwhelming. When the dimensions of our roles can be combined and serve more than one purpose at a time, the outcome can be positive and productive for all.  Such is the case of one FNP program in a midwest state.  A collaborative relationship has been cultivated over the past seven years between the Department of Nursing and the Early Child Development Center (ECDC) which is a university unit located within the university adjacent to the DON.  This interprofessional collaboration began with the nursing faculty member providing health consultant services and the ECDC providing a fertile ground for developmental assessment experiences for students.  The interprofessional collaboration has grown through the years to include:

♦ Continuing health consultant services to ECDC

♦ Continuing developmental assessments for FNP students

♦ Research platform  composed of a 3 tiered focused on pediatric obesity

♦ Clinical site for FNP and BSN students providing physicals for children of the ECDC

5. Capstone research site for DNP students

What began as a call for help from the ECDC director and faculty member need has grown to include all dimensions of teaching, learning, research and service, all the while educating and providing a fertile clinical learning environment for FNP students.  When the right venue is discovered or created in this case, it is possible to combine all of the dimensions of a faculty role and provide  interprofessional collaborative education for our students.   The clinical activities that the FNP students participate in as part of a course in the program are routinely rated as the most helpful experiences to them in assisting them to meet their objectives in their pediatric courses.   It takes a village and an early child development center to educate FNP students.