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Administrative Issues Journal

Abstract

Increasing emphasis on interprofessional collaborative practice to improve health care delivery quality and safety led nursing faculty in a small liberal arts university to explore a unique educational initiative with School of Business Administration faculty. While developing a master of science in nursing administration option, the opportunity to create a collaborative undergraduate health care administration concentration with the School of Business Administration developed. Common competencies and potential shared courses were identified. After launching the initiative, faculty from both schools collaborated to evaluate outcomes. Student response has been overwhelmingly positive. The ability to examine health care issues from both business and clinical perspectives broadened the views of students in both majors. Challenges encountered and lessons learned that strengthened the intercollaborative project are identified. Evaluating and strengthening the partnership using the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel guidelines is discussed. Advice and encouragement are offered to others considering similar non-clinical collaborative opportunities.

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