Past Attendees Biography

Cynthia Horton

Cecil College, USA


Title: Interprofessional education and its integration into a nursing curriculum
Cynthia Horton RN, EdD, CNE
Cecil College, USA
Introduction: This presentation will discuss the need for nursing students to work collaboratively with other health care professionals, and the impact that relationship can have on patient safety and quality of care. During this presentation, I will share how our school began the journey of developing a workshop with Physician’s Assistant (PA) students, as well as the process and effects on our nursing students for the past 6 years. Research was conducted on the PA IPE with positive results, which will be shared during this presentation as well. Using the PA workshop as a template, a similar experience was initiated with Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) students in fall 2018, which will continue to be developed in the next few years. Since collaboration is such an important part of education, attendees are provided the opportunity to discuss their own personal experiences with Interprofessional Education. 
Audience Take Away:
  • Faculty will be able to create a culture that embraces interprofessional education in their nursing curriculum.
  • Faculty will identify several examples of lessons learned from conducting workshops with Physician Assistant Students and Physical Therapy Assistant students
  • Faculty will verbalize the impact on improving patient care through shared learning of clinical and communication skills. 


I have been a Nursing Professor for 30 years, with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership. I have presented in national conferences in the area of critical thinking and teaching modalities that enhance learning. I have conducted research in the area of remediation and NCLEX success, and published that research in the Journal of Teaching and Learning. My research interests are on curriculum development in nursing education, what works and what doesn’t. I am passionate about getting students and faculty to work together to enhance the learning experience.

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