The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rise in mental health crises in the United States. Essential, non-healthcare workers, who have been exposed to significant healthcare risks, and other work-related stressors, have been understudied despite their vulnerability and mental health needs. In response to this gap in research and the need to educate students to address this crisis, we are developing a simulation that can be used as a learning tool to help students better understand and intervene in a retail environment
Our study examines the effectiveness of three simulations that are being conducted during the summer of 2022. These simulations consist of social work and business students who will be provided a case study of a grocery store employee during a simulated team meeting. This study uses brief qualitative interviews and the ISVS-21 to ways that students' attitude towards interprofessional collaboration is influenced by this learning experience. In the future, we plan on examining how simulations can help with developing collaborative skills.
During our lightning talk, we plan on discussing several themes. Firstly, we will discuss the need for interprofessional education to help students be able to address pressing social needs; namely addressing the impact that COVID-19 has had on retail workers and how professional collaboration is important in intervening with this population. This goal aligns with the theme of focusing on what matters most; namely, helping professionals better address the needs and concerns of vulnerable people.
Secondly, social workers and other healthcare professionals often work with non-healthcare professionals in work settings and specialized training would enhance their ability to collaborate with people who are not healthcare workers. Thirdly, we will share our use of evaluation tools and discuss key concepts that are important to measure when conducting this simulation.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The National Center OICPD is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.