Dr. Rita Trofino, Associate Dean, School of
Health Sciences & Education, and Nursing Department Chair, received an
award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) at the
business meeting, on Monday, October 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
The 2018 Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award is, “In
recognition of outstanding work re-envisioning traditional models for nursing
education and programmatic change”.
Saint Francis University received this
award, in the small liberal arts schools division, from over 800 member nursing
programs across the United States. The award was for the, “Heath Care Team Challenge”.
About the Health Care Team Challenge
Three years ago
the School of Health Sciences and Education (SHS&E) established an
Interprofessional Education (IPE) Committee, comprised of all health science
disciplines: Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistant Science, Physical Therapy, and Public Health.
As the delivery of
healthcare becomes more interrelated, coordinating care between and among all
health care disciplines has become progressively more imperative and the Saint
Francis University IPE Committee recognized the important role IPE plays in the
development of future health care professionals. Following the guidelines for Core Competencies for Interprofessional
Collaborative Practice, the committee sought to find ways to have an
all-inclusive enduring educational initiative to meet the needs of
interprofessional education within each of these disciplines.
The IPE Committee also acknowledged the
impact that healthcare simulation combined with online IPE can have on the
training and education of health care students in aiding to better address the
needs of their patients. Therefore, the committee combined IPE and a case study
in an online simulation venue to present and model best health care practices;
increase competencies and coordinate care; and improve knowledge, skills, and
Utilizing this method provided an opportunity for students in the
School of Health Sciences and Education to learn about IPE, and the use of the online
simulated case supported the goals of health care integration by reinforcing
the importance of collaboration and cooperation among disciplines to improve
The “Saint Francis University School of Health
Sciences and Education Health Care Team Challenge” initiated by the Interprofessional
Education Committee has broadened the
competencies of nursing and other health science disciplines in improving
individual and population health outcomes by improving safe patient care and
enhancing team-based care.
Top Photo Left to Right: Dr. Ann Cary, Chair, Board of Directors, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); Dr. Rita Trofino, Associate Dean School of Health Sciences & Education, Nursing Department Chair; Dr. Deborah Trautman, President and CEO, AACN.
Bottom Photo: Members of the IPE Committee Left to Right
Row 1: Brenda Guzic, Dr. Rita Trofino,
Row 2: Dr. John Karduck, Dr. Kara Kobal, Dr. Donald Walkovich, Regina Barr
Row 3: Dr. Lorie
Rowles, Dr. Stephanie Ivory, Heather Vitko
Committee members not present: Dr. Stephen Baker, Dr. Carrie
Beebout, Suzanne Black, Gale DeArmin, Dr. Kerri Golden, Dr. Michael Groman, Dr. Theresa Horner, Dr. Baruch Vainshelboim, Dr. Kristofer Wisniewski and Christine