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Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing, has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council for Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice.

“It is an honor to be asked to serve on this board,” said Niederhauser. “We know that complex health and wellness issues can and will be solved better when different professionals work together to find solutions.”

Victoria P. Niederhauser
Victoria P. Niederhauser

As a member of the council, Niederhauser will review proposals seeking assistance and make funding recommendations. She also will provide input and guidance to the national center project team to support grantees in the development of their projects.

Each year, the board names twenty graduate nursing programs to receive funding and technical assistance to develop interprofessional community-based clinical educational initiatives.

Interprofessional education (IPE) allows students from different professions to learn to work together as a team to promote health and wellness in an educational setting, preparing them for team-based practice once they graduate.

Each team member has a unique part to play in the health care setting, and students learn how to maximize these strengths to better serve patients, families, and community health and wellness needs. Acute care settings have promoted IPE for the past several years. This initiative aims to accelerate IPE in community-based settings.

Niederhauser is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, a Robert Wood Johnson executive nurse fellow, and a fellow in the Academy of Nursing. She has been the dean of UT’s College of Nursing since 2011.

UT’s College of Nursing has been a leader in IPE in community settings for several years. The initiative is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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