Interprofessional Education in Canadian Nursing Programs and Implications for Continuing Education


  • Emily Donato Laurentian University
  • Nancy Lightfoot Laurentian University
  • Lorraine Carter McMaster University
  • Leigh MacEwan Laurentian University



Interprofessional Health Education intiative, IPE, nursing accreditation, nursing continuing education


In 2010, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the accrediting body for nursing programs in Canada, became part of the Accreditation of Interprofessional Health Education initiative. In turn, interprofessional education (IPE) is now a requirement in nursing curricula. Although the requirement is formally in place, how it is achieved varies substantially. This paper explores how IPE has been integrated within Canadian nursing programs. Implications for the continuing education of nurses and other health professionals in order to achieve excellence in interprofessional practice are also considered.

Author Biographies

Emily Donato, Laurentian University

Emily Donato, Assistant Professor

Nancy Lightfoot, Laurentian University

Nancy Lightfoot, Associate Professor

Lorraine Carter, McMaster University

Director, Centre for Continuing Education

Leigh MacEwan, Laurentian University

Assistant Professor, Social Work


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