UA College of Nursing Receives $1.48 Million Grant to Establish an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Arrangement

The practice also will demonstrate nursing’s leadership in primary care interprofessional team building; provide interprofessional clinical training opportunities

The University of Arizona College of Nursing has been awarded $1.48 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to establish an interprofessional primary-care practice at the The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus.

One of the first projects of its kind in the nation, the grant, Health 360 – An Interprofessional Collaborative Primary Care Practice, will establish an interprofessional collaborative practice arrangement at The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus to demonstrate novel, comprehensive primary health care to medically underserved populations in Southern Arizona. Historically, the UA College of Nursing has not overseen a primary care practice, which makes this interprofessional collaborative practice arrangement a significant milestone.
 
One of the important benefits of team practice is that it can positively impact the patient. “We have known since the early quality reports published more than  a decade ago by the Institute of Medicine that changes in care delivery and health sciences education are important strategies to improve a patient’s care and overall outcome,” said Sally Reel, PhD, RN, FNP, BC, FAAN, FAANP, principal investigator and associate dean of academic practice.  
 
In addition,  the practice also will demonstrate nursing’s leadership in primary care interprofessional team building; provide interprofessional clinical training opportunities for nursing, medical, pharmacy and public health students; and employ evidence-based interprofessional education strategies.
 
The new practice will incorporate the collective experience and knowledge of the College of Nursing’s Dean Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN and nurse practitioner faculty. In addition, they will partner with interprofessional colleagues from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Family and Community Medicine, the UA College of Pharmacy and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The practice is expected to begin seeing patients in early spring.
 
Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu