Meet Hilaire

Apr 1, 2019

Our featured UW IPE faculty member for April/May 2019 is Hilaire Thompson, PhD, ARNP, AGACNP-BC, FAAN.

Our featured UW IPE faculty member for April/May 2019 is Hilaire Thompson, PhD, ARNP, AGACNP-BC, FAAN. Hilaire is the Joanne Montgomery Endowed Professor and Graduate Program Director at the University of Washington School of Nursing (UW SON). She is also core faculty at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. In her role as the track lead for the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track at the UW SON, she spearheaded a major revision of the curriculum emphasizing interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative clinical practice funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. In her role as Graduate Program Director, she continues to work with the Interprofessional Active Learning Series (iPALS) steering committee to foster opportunities for graduate nursing students to engage with their health sciences colleagues.

Hilaire’s research focuses on both preventing and improving outcomes from traumatic brain injury, with a particular emphasis on older adults. She is presently conducting research to evaluate how the immune response to traumatic brain injury is influenced by age and its relationship to outcomes following traumatic brain injury. Together with collaborators at the University of Washington and elsewhere, she is also examining ways in which technology can aid in injury prevention or assist in the recovery process should a traumatic injury occur. Hilaire uses variety of approaches in her research, including basic science techniques, clinical epidemiology, and qualitative methods.

She is actively involved in professional organizations including the Gerontological Society of America and the National Neurotrauma Society. Hilaire is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the Gerontological Society of America. In 2018, she received the award for Excellence in Neuroscience Education from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Read our interview with Hilaire about her work as an interprofessional team leader and educator below.

CHSIE: How and why did you become involved with Interprofessional Education (IPE)/Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP)?

Hilaire: I first became involved with IPE when I was recruited to participate in one of the first Error Disclosure IPE activities by SON colleagues Dr. Brenda Zierler and Dr. Sarah Shannon.  The idea of training health sciences students together made complete sense given that we practice together yet often work in professional silos.

CHSIE: What do you believe are the benefits of IPE/IPCP? 

Hilaire: One of the major benefits is really gaining understanding of the roles of the other health sciences professions. Where we have similar and different scopes of practice. Where we complement one another to optimize health and wellbeing of individuals, families or communities. As a faculty member working primarily with Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students (and an AGACNP myself), I see particular benefit in IPCP where clarifying the roles and responsibilities of different health professionals on the care team can help us to understand how to best communicate and work together to achieve quality patient care.

CHSIE: What has been the most memorable experience or highlight of leading IPE/IPCP so far?

Hilaire: I had the great fortune of working with a stellar group of interprofessional educators from the schools of social work, pharmacy, medicine, and nursing on a series of online, interprofessional unfolding cases focused on acute and critical care of older adults. Although I had participated for many years in IPE prior to this work, I learned so much from my colleagues through the activity that informed my own practice. These cases have been used around the country for IPE and have stimulated additional IPE offshoot activities.