OnCourse Learning, parent company of the leading healthcare brand Nurse.com, has earned a four-year full accreditation from the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education, allowing the company to provide credentialed learning activities to healthcare’s three largest professional groups – nurses, physicians and pharmacists.
The special designation encompasses accreditations from three major professional organizations — the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education — and demonstrates OnCourse Learning’s commitment to having at least 25% of educational activities serve an audience of two or more professions.
“We have developed and enhanced our continuing education activities to bring healthcare professionals together,” said Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN, executive vice president, education programs and credentialing, healthcare, for OnCourse Learning. “This team-based approach is the leading edge of learning to help healthcare professionals overcome challenges of caring for patients in an ever-changing, complex healthcare environment.”
According to a May 2011 report by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel, “Compelling larger-scale practice issues that emerged in the past decade have prompted broad-based support for changes in health professions education, including interactive learning to develop competencies for teamwork and team-based care.”
The report also notes that interprofessional teamwork and team-based care play integral roles in primary care, which includes a focus on “expanded accountability for population management of chronic diseases.”
According to a May 2013 Institute of Medicine report, interprofessional education allows students the opportunity to develop skills that improve their ability to communicate and collaborate. “Through the experience of learning with and from those in other professions, students also develop leadership qualities and respect for each other, which prepares them for work on teams and in settings where collaboration is a key to success,” according to the report.
OnCourse Learning’s educational activities represent nearly 20 different healthcare professions, making it the largest provider with the Joint Accreditation designation. “Our CE content team takes interprofessional needs into consideration when planning and developing courses to ensure we are serving multiple professions,” Hess said.
In its report, “Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice,” the World Health Organization highlighted how patients benefit and health outcomes improve when teamwork occurs between various healthcare professionals.
The WHO stated interprofessional education “is a necessary step in preparing a collaborative, practice-ready health workforce that is better prepared to respond to local health needs.”
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