Benefits of Interprofessional Education between Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner and Dentistry Students
Date of Submission
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Alexa Colgrove Curtis PhD, FNP-BC
Jo Loomis, DNP, FNP-C, CHSE, CLC, ANLC, NCMP, CNL
Background: Interprofessional Education (IPE) is mandated for accreditation in health professional schools. IPE between Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and dentistry students have been developed to improve health oral systemic health outcomes and improve inter-professional practice competencies.
Method: Literature on APRN dental IPE was searched was searched via CINAHL Complete from 2007-2018, looking for scholarly journals, English language. The search was narrowed from 55 to three relevant, data-based studies.
Results: Review of literature produced one study demonstrating benefits of IPE for both APRN and dentistry students, one study only focused on benefits for APRN students, and another IPE article was descriptive and did not provide any outcome data.
Conclusion: Not enough research is available to say if this IPE pairing would be beneficial. However, preliminary studies show promise, especially in helping APRNs learn oral-systemic health skills and in fulfilling IPE competencies. Further research is needed.
Prodan, Oksana, "Benefits of Interprofessional Education between Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner and Dentistry Students" (2018). DNP Qualifying Manuscripts. 3.