Interprofessional peer-led learning in oral health training

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Abstract

Research on peer-led interprofessional learning in oral-health training for pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) students is sparse. Therefore, we conducted a mixed-methods pilot study to assess the feasibility and impact of a student-led interprofessional training program centered on pediatric oral-health with PNP and dental students. Eleven PNP students rotated through the dental clinic to receive an oral-health education from 12 second-year dental students. These students learned how to treat avulsed teeth, apply fluoride varnishes, detect caries, and to do lap-to-lap baby dental exams. A reflection and a self-report survey-measure were used to elucidate what the students gained from the experience, their satisfaction with the training, how it may be improved, and how they see future collaboration of PNPs and dentists. PNP students felt dental students were well equipped to teach them, felt confident in their ability to conduct an oral evaluation/apply fluoride varnishes, and felt the experience to be valuable to their future practices. Dental students learned the scope of practice of PNPs and ideated ways the two professions overlap and complement each other. While some may find it challenging to envision dentistry regularly collaborating with other healthcare providers, clinical interprofessional education can be one way to break down these barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Interprofessional-education
  • dental-students
  • nursing-students
  • oral-health
  • pediatric-nurse-practitioner
  • peer-learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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