2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Public health and nursing students: How do we perceive each other’s professional roles?


Joseph C. Banez* and Sam K. White
Dr. Carolyn Cox and Ms. Susan Lambert, Faculty Mentors

Interprofessional education has the potential to improve role understanding and perceptions between health-related professions, and health education specialists and nurses may work collaboratively in the public health/clinical setting. Using a pre-test/post-test control group design, this study evaluated the effect of an online interprofessional case study activity on nursing and public health education students’ perceptions of each other’s professional role.  For the public health experimental group only, the results of a paired samples t-test revealed a statistically significant change (p<.05) with the largest changes found in six specific areas. To develop accurate perceptions of other professions in health profession students, it is recommended that interprofessional education programs emphasize professional roles, scope of practice, and teamwork domains along with organized opportunities to practice in an interprofessional team setting

Keywords: interprofessional, Health, Stereotypes, Professional, Education

Topic(s):Health Science
Nursing
Interdisciplinary

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 408-2
Location: VH 1212
Time: 2:45

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