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The Coronavirus Pandemic: Transforming Clinical Education of Health Professionals




Dear Colleagues,

As clinical educators and clinicians, the world as we have known it is changed…probably forever. Our approaches to preparing the next generation of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, and other members of the health team may be a distant memory.  Those of us who have led programs that rely on face-to-face classroom and clinical experiences and, now, suddenly are teaching remotely, have experienced the shock waves of having to transform our teaching strategies to quickly “get up to speed” with Zoom Video Conferencing or other online platforms. 

As we think about and search for innovative online topics and resources that meet your curriculum requirements and liven up the virtual classroom to make it more innovative, think about oral health and its links to overall health!  The National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) and the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) Program are national initiatives committed to a collaborative approach to addressing oral health, as a population health issue, and its links to overall health. Resources, including Smiles for Life (SFL), the nation's most comprehensive and widely used inteprofessional oral health curriculum, are included on OHNEP and NIIOH websites.

Our programs, funded by the DentaQuest and Arcora Foundations, offer you an array of innovative “turn key” online resources for you to use to enhance virtual teaching-learning experiences with students and clinicians across the professions. Resources that are just a click away are located on the NIIOH and OHNEP websites.

Warm regards,

Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Executive Director, OHNEP

Erin Hartnett, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP
Program Director, OHNEP

Anita Glicken, MSW
Executive Director, NIIOH

Resources for Interprofessional Education

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Jan K. Mitchell, DDS, M.Ed
Dental College of Georgia, 
Augusta University

Interprofessional - Oral Health

The direction of healthcare in the United States and abroad is evolving with increased emphasis on preventive services and care. Additionally, a paradigm shift is occurring, moving towards an interprofessional model of care that demonstrates improved patient outcomes. This shift has caused educational and healthcare institutions to alter their cultural climate, and address the issue of interdisciplinary team based care. However, this interprofessional model needs to be introduced and integrated throughout the educational system when health care profession students begin their education. 

As a result of the global IPE initiative, OADN is launching an initiative to provide practical information in educating your students on oral health. As nurses we are very aware of the oral-systemic link, and yet many nurses do not have a strong current knowledge base in this area. Sharing the expertise of fellow dental professionals would be a huge asset in increasing the knowledge level of students and ultimately helping patients. OADN is fortunate to be able have a resident dental expert to assist us with dissemination of information in our new website column: “Nursing Bites for Oral Health.” Dr. Mitchell will provide brief practical information you can use in the educating your students.

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Free Educational Offerings & CEUsfor Educators

New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing is pleased to share these valuable resources with OADN members. This resources are made possible through Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding. Although the information refers to NPs, these resources are adaptable for all of nursing education.