Rapid upskilling about Covid-19 vaccines: An evaluation of a novel interprofessional education workshop

Steve Hemingway, Chinyere Sam-Okerenta, Abbey Kittrick, Victoria Hanson, Sally Arrey, John Stephenson, Hayley Gorton

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BACKGROUND: An inter-professional education (IPE) workshop centred around newly approved COVID-19 vaccination was attended by 77 nursing and pharmacy students. AIM: To embed and evaluate the implementation of a virtual IPE workshop, and to upskill undergraduate nursing and pharmacy students about the COVID-19 vaccination. METHODS: The workshop was evaluated using a questionnaire completed by participants from both disciplines. A focus group was conducted with the IPE facilitators. RESULTS: 77 students out of a potential 400 attended the workshop (19% attendance). Of the 77 participants, 44 (23 nursing, 21 pharmacy) completed the questionnaire (57%), rating the content highly. There was overall positivity toward working interprofessionally, and there was no evidence of significant differences between how the two groups of students rated the workshop. Qualitative findings from students and facilitators corroborated the supposition that the workshop would enhance professional development. Thus, the workshop was successful in facilitating interprofessional interactions, with students all working collaboratively toward the same goal, the ultimate purpose of IPE. It was agreed that such an event should be included as part of the student curricula. CONCLUSION: Implementing an IPE event that includes real-time healthcare priorities can contribute to optimising students' healthcare education. More high-quality longitudinal research is needed to understand the impact of such sessions on students' competence and confidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-124
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2023

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  • Interprofessional Education
  • Medicines safety
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • COVID vaccine
  • Interprofessional education


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