Evidence-Guided Integration of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice into Nurse Managed Health Centers

J Prof Nurs. Jul-Aug 2015;31(4):340-50. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2015.02.007. Epub 2015 Feb 28.


The Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Workforce, has spearheaded a 3-year effort to increase the skills of nurses to lead interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) teams. Since 2012, the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention program has funded 53 sites engaged in this work. The purposes of this report are to describe the IPCP framework undergirding implementation at one such site, describe the evaluation components and approach, describe how health professions students are integrated into this model, and discuss implications of IPCP for future nurse-managed/nurse-led initiatives within an evolving health care environment. Core team members include a family nurse practitioner, physician, pharmacist, social worker, and community health advocate. The clinic is located within a public housing complex; the target population is largely uninsured or underinsured with a historically high rate of emergency department utilization.

Keywords: APN; Advanced practice nurse; Interprofessional collaborative practice; Nurse-managed health centers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Evidence-Based Nursing*
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Practice Patterns, Nurses'*