PNWU Hosts Yakima Valley Interprofessional Education Collaborative Kickoff Event

On Thursday, September 29, a group of first-year nursing students had the opportunity to collaborate with students in a variety of other healthcare professions by participating in the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Education Collaborative (YVIPEC) Student Kickoff, held at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. 

The event provided an opportunity for first-year students across a variety of healthcare professions -- from Heritage University, Pacific Northwest University, Central Washington University and Washington State University -- to work together in team building exercises to gain a firsthand understanding of the roles of one another and begin their collaborative journey.

            The student healthcare teams rotated through multiple activities, which focused on team building, scope overlap and communication. Dr. Edward Bilsky, PNWU’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, presented a pain case that was focused out of the University of New England (UNE), which served as the basis for student understanding of the importance of team-based care and collaboration in a patient focused healthcare setting.

            “As a student who participated in the Kickoff last year, I gained insight into the value of collaborative teamwork, the ability to network, and the importance of working together to improve the lives of those we serve in our community,” said Jessica Rosenkranz, a student at Washington State University’s College of Nursing and the Student Ambassador for the YVIPEC Student Engagement Committee.

As a phlebotomist in the lab at a local hospital, Rosenkranz has personally witnessed the challenges that can arise when there is a disconnect between two healthcare workers from different professions.

“By participating in IPE activities and being a part of the Student Engagement Committee, I hope to transition from a collaborative student into the role of a Registered Nurse, implementing interprofessional education into our future healthcare setting.”