Interprofessional Learning in the Simulation Laboratory: Nursing and Pharmacy Students' Experiences

Hege Hammer, Frøydis Vasset


Background: Using simulation as an educational method to learn collaborative practice requires the involvement of various professional education programs where the intention is to learn from, with, and about each other.

Methods: This study describes pharmacy and nursing students´ experiences with interprofessional education. After interprofessional simulation, three focus group interviews with bachelor students were conducted. The data were analysed using Giorgi’s qualitative content analysis method.

Findings: The students found that IPE closed knowledge gaps, change a stereotypical perception of professional roles, and enhance patient safety. Full-scale simulation appears to be an effective arena for learning clinical judgement, improving communication skills, and developing knowledge of pharmacodynamics.

Conclusion: Interprofessional education may be necessary for professionals to enhance their ability to interact more effectively in the future.


Nursing students; Pharmacy students; Collaboration; IPE; Patient safety

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