Interprofessional education within a nurse practitioner led paediatric service: A multi-methods study

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Aim: This project explored whether a nurse practitioner led mobile paediatric screening service in early learning centres could incorporate allied health and nursing students and develop their confidence in interprofessional collaboration.

Background: Interprofessional collaboration is essential for health professionals across all contexts of care, including early childhood screening and intervention that enables children to thrive.

Methods: This multi-methods study (pre-test/post-test design) was conducted with nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition and dietetics students attending clinical placement within the nurse practitioner led mobile paediatric service. Data were collected via pre and post placement surveys (ISVS-21) and post placement semi-structured interviews.

Results: Twelve students participated from July to December 2022. Survey findings demonstrated students improved inter-professional socialisation and readiness, supported by qualitative findings that uncovered unique mechanisms for how positive experiences were achieved. Unique pedagogical elements included 1) the nurse practitioner’s professional attributes and 2) the mobile nature of the service leveraging learning opportunities within the shared commute.

Conclusions: This study provides proof-of-concept of a placement model that facilitates interprofessional collaboration in nursing and allied health students. Further research should explore longer-term outcomes and scalability.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103909
Number of pages8
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • Allied health occupations
  • Child
  • Education
  • Interprofessional education
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nursing education research
  • Preschool


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