Diana Taibi, UW Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Diana Taibi, PhD, RN
Diana Taibi, PhD, RN, an Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, has been enriching the educational experiences of health sciences students and faculty through simulation and interprofessional training since 2008.
Through the HRSA-funded Interprofessional Collaboration for Integrative Technologies in Education (InCITE) grant, Dr. Taibi coordinated training faculty from urban and rural colleges and practice settings throughout the Northwest (WWAMI region) on integrating technologies into clinical teaching. As coordinator of the Simulation Workgroup for the grant, she has been involved in designing and delivering in-person training as well as online educational modules and support materials. Workshops have drawn instructors from throughout the WWAMI region and have been highly rated in terms of achieving learning objectives. Under Dr. Taibi’s direction, the InCITE team surveyed teaching technologies training needs of educators in the WWAMI region, the results of which will be shortly published.
Dr. Taibi helped to develop the instructional design of interactive online modules on various simulation topics housed on the www.collaborate.uw.edu interprofessional website. Her introduction to simulation module has been particularly well received and used by over 500 persons nationally and internationally. In addition to InCITE projects, funding from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has allowed her to promote interprofessional training of students in the health professions. Dr. Taibi has served as an instructor for training days in which students from across the health science schools were placed into various simulated patient-care scenarios, after which they reflected on how they functioned as a team. These learning activities have been highly evaluated by the students.
Why (and how) did you get involved with IPE?
Dr. Taibi: I have worked for many years in a field of research that is interdisciplinary (sleep medicine). On these research teams, I felt that I was a respected, equal partner among physicians and psychologists. I have also taught undergraduate nursing for several years. When I was invited to participate in IPE training at the UW, I saw an opportunity to teach nurses to participate in teams as the equal partners that they are, and an opportunity to help other health professions understand what nurses do so they can engage nurses as partners.
What do you believe are the benefits of IPE?
Dr. Taibi: I believe that relationships within and between various health professionals are frequently dysfunctional and adversarial because many healthcare workers feel strained and disempowered. I strongly believe that building the healthcare workforce as one whole team, instead of disparate tribes as training has traditionally done, will help our workforce to be happier and more productive, as well as more efficient and safe in patient care.
What has been the most memorable experience/highlight of teaching IPE so far?
Dr. Taibi: I remember the IPE simulations created during Capstone a few years back. Students in other health professions commented on how impressed they were with the nursing students, that they were poised, calm, and on top of what needed to be done in the scenario. The students commented that they wished more nursing students had participated. This thrilled me. Not only did these students learn about the role of nursing, but we at Capstone successfully stimulated the desire within students to learn more about other health professions. It is my hope that future students will view these experiences as a highlight of the education.