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 Improving Clinical Education (ICE)

Improving Clinical Education for Advanced Practice Learning through Academic-Practice Partnerships


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Academic Partnerships

Grant Goals

  • Leadership training for Preceptors
    • To promote the role of clinical preceptor
    • Recruit and retain clinical precepters
  • Telehealth for Monroe County Schools
    • Increase access to health care services for underserved pediatric patients
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Health Care delivery and Nurse Practitioner education innovations
    • Population health
    • Healthcare analytics
    • Telehealth
    • Computers for student access to Electronic medical records
    • Tracking clinical learning
      • Medatrax

      • Medatrax advanced medical education informatics and data tracking systems provide on-line tools specifically designed to assist universities, colleges, and allied health educators to record and maintain complex student clinical criteria. Medatrax provides internet accessible data entry and facilitates review of student recorded data. A robust administrative functionality is provided to monitor and control individual student progress.

    • FNP Liasons


List of all Faculty and Staff involved

  • Karen Lasater DNP, RN, APN
  • Katie Morgan MS, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN
  • Dean Victoria Niederhauser DrPH, RN
  • Carole Myers PhD, RN
  • Sandy Mixer PhD, RN, CTN-A
  • Susan Fancher BSN, RN
  • Stephanie Hopper RN
  • Meredith York MS
  • Libby King MSN, RN, FNP-BC

What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

  • “Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.”
  • Interprofessional (IP) teams from UT Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Nutrition train together to provide care at Chota and CHETN

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Prospective Students

  • Want to learn a model for team based care that will enhance your career? Meet other students from other professions to train and work together in community health care? To join a team or learn more contact the Program Administrator, Meredith York at or the IPE Faculty leader Katie Morgan at

For Current IPE Students

IPE Faculty

Research and Scholarship

  • Soon to come

Other IPE opportunities at UTK

2017 Training date and Clinical Dates

  • Training Date: Monday February 27 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Team 1: Chota
    Thursday March 2
    Friday March 3
    Friday March 10
    Thursday March 23
  • Team 2: CHETN
    Thursday March 30
    Friday March 31
    Thursday April 6
    Friday April 7

Training Days

  • Dress comfortably, bring a snack or lunch, and complete the readings and video
  • This is a fun and engaging experience with other students and faculty from healthcare related professions
  • HITS lab 1818 Andy Holt Avenue
  • Team training + simulation
    • Simualtion allows students the opportunity to practice newly acquired skills and handle patient/family situations.
The College of Nursing in collaboration with the Haslam College of Business has created a newly developed leadership training program for Health Care Providers (HPCs) who are willing to precept University of Tennessee, Knoxville Family Nurse Practitioner students; those selected for the project will be referred to as “Advanced Preceptor Partners” (APPs). These preceptors will also be offered the opportunity to apply for non-salaried Adjunct Clinical Faculty positions to establish formally their ongoing role with the University and the College of Nursing. APPs will engage in a 7-month leadership and mentorship program, the Advanced Preceptor Partners Leadership (APP-L, pronounced “Apple”) training.

Training topics will be tailored to meet the needs of busy preceptors to improve the clinical outcomes and teaching effectiveness. Topics include:

  • IMG_6092sm.jpgpopulation health,
  • strategic planning,
  • LEAN techniques for health care,
  • communication and presentation skills,
  • leadership assessments and management skills for organization success,
  • health care finance,
  • conflict resolution management,
  • health care analytics,
  • streamlining clinic work flow
  • mentoring strategies
  • motivational interviewing


Ongoing engagement and retention will occur via Faculty Liaisons (hired for the project), faculty site visits, preceptor engagement in simulations and inter-professional team work in the clinics.

See the link on the Tennessee Today website about the program.


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