- Journal of Nursing Education
- May 2012 - Volume 51 · Issue 5: 291-293
The increasing emphasis on interprofessional practice to improve the quality and safety of health care delivery led the nursing faculty of a small liberal arts university to explore a unique collaborative educational initiative with School of Business Administration faculty. As the School of Nursing was developing a master’s of science in nursing administration option, the School of Business Administration was creating an undergraduate health care administration concentration. Both disciplines were examined for common competencies, courses that could be shared were identified, and the initiative was launched. The response from students has been overwhelmingly positive. The ability to examine health care issues from both business and clinical perspectives has enriched the learning environment and broadened the views of students in both majors. Challenges faced and lessons learned are discussed. Recommendations for evaluating and strengthening the partnership are identified. Advice and encouragement are offered to others considering similar nonclinical collaborative opportunities.
Dr. Neill is Assistant Professor and MSN Program Coordinator, Dr. Hammer is Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, and Ms. Linnstaedter Mims is Assistant Dean, School of Business Administration, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas.
The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
Address correspondence to Denise Neill, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor and MSN Program Coordinator, School of Nursing, University of Houston-Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson Street, Victoria, TX 77904; e-mail: email@example.com