Speech-Language Pathology & Nursing Interprofessional Learning Project (SNILP): A reflection of Interprofessional education and training

Jennine Harvey, Charlene Aaron, Rene McClure


The purpose of the current paper is to discuss the development and implementation of an innovative, multi-component, pilot interprofessional learning experience for nursing and speech-language pathology students, addressing interdisciplinary knowledge, attitudes, and applications. It is the intent of this manuscript to explore the three-year journey, from project conception to completion, including the perspective of speech-language pathology and the nursing faculty-researchers.  The discussion includes overall findings, challenges, and suggestions for future implementations of interprofessional learning experiences. 

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