Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Nursing (Graduate)

First Advisor

Louann B. Zinsmeister

Second Advisor

Kim Fenstermacher


Background: The Institute of Medicine (2010) and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses () action recognized the impact that collaboration among health care workers has on safe patient care. Ineffective communication and teamwork are a cause of medical errors. To remedy this cause, including interprofessional education in program curriculum will better prepare nurses and strengthen their skills as they enter the workforce. Methods: Selected data bases were searched for interprofessional education that identified the methodologies nursing faculty were implementing and what obstacles were identified to successful curriculum inclusion of interprofessional education (IPE). Results: A variety of methods are being used by nursing faculty for student nurses to experience interprofessional collaboration. However, the literature indicates disparity among nurse educators support and confidence with the subject of IPE and impact on the success of the curriculum. Implications: Further research is needed to discern the obstacles to success of IPE. A major factor for consideration is the IPE ability of nurse educators to implement IPE in a curriculum and that is the focus of this paper.


This is an evidence-based practice capstone project submitted to the faculty of the graduate program in nursing in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Science in Nursing.