Affordable Access

deepdyve-link
Publisher Website

Evaluation of an Interprofessional Oral Health Assessment Activity in Advanced Practice Nursing Education.

Authors
  • Estes, Krista R1
  • Callanan, Deidre2
  • Rai, Nayanjot2
  • Plunkett, Katie2
  • Brunson, Diane2
  • Tiwari, Tamanna2
  • 1 Krista R. Estes, DNP, FNP-C, is Associate Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Director, University of Colorado College of Nursing; Deidre Callanan, RDH, DC, MPH, is Clinical Instructor, Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; Nayanjot Rai, MPH, BDS, is Professional Research Assistant, Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; Katie Plunkett, MS, works at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; Diane Brunson, RDH, MPH, works at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; and Tamanna Tiwari, MPH, BDS, MDS, is Assistant Professor, Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health, School of Dental Medicine, and Associate Director, Center for Oral Disease Prevention and Population Health Research, University of Colorado. [email protected]
  • 2 Krista R. Estes, DNP, FNP-C, is Associate Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Director, University of Colorado College of Nursing; Deidre Callanan, RDH, DC, MPH, is Clinical Instructor, Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; Nayanjot Rai, MPH, BDS, is Professional Research Assistant, Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; Katie Plunkett, MS, works at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; Diane Brunson, RDH, MPH, works at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; and Tamanna Tiwari, MPH, BDS, MDS, is Assistant Professor, Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health, School of Dental Medicine, and Associate Director, Center for Oral Disease Prevention and Population Health Research, University of Colorado.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of dental education
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2018
Volume
82
Issue
10
Pages
1084–1090
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21815/JDE.018.103
PMID: 30275143
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The curriculum for nurse practitioner (NP) students often overlooks the assessment of the oral cavity. In recognition of this, the HEENT (head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat) assessment was expanded to HEENOT (head, ears, eyes, nose, oral, and throat) through integration of an interprofessional educational (IPE) activity developed for University of Colorado NP and dental students. The aim of this study was to assess NP students' perceptions of an IPE activity in which dental faculty and students taught NP students how to conduct an oral exam, recognize oral health pathology, and apply fluoride varnish. Afterwards, the NP students completed an evaluation survey focusing on their thoughts, comfort level, organization, and understanding of the activity. This IPE activity was repeated over four semesters from 2014 to 2017, and significant differences among the semesters were compared. All NP students in the four semesters participated in the activity and the survey: semester one N=25, semester two N=31, semester three N=43, and semester four N=25. In all semesters, NP students reported feeling more confident conducting oral health exams after completion of the IPE activity. Semester four students agreed more with the idea of interprofessional collaboration (OR: 0.103) and receiving educational information not learned elsewhere in the curriculum (OR: 0.134) compared to semester one students. Higher odds for the session being well organized and conducted in a suitable time were found for semester four compared to semester two (OR: 0.217). These comparisons reflect improvement in teaching methodologies over the four semesters and an overall increased confidence for NP students in performing an oral health assessment.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times