Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Senior Vice President for Patient Care and Chief Nurse Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN returned to Portland to speak at the University of New England (UNE) about nursing leadership and interprofessional education (IPEC). Ives Erickson is a native of Portland, Maine, and she earned her BSN from Westbrook College, which is now the Westbrook College of Health Professions and part of UNE. Returning to the campus as an alumna to partner on important educational initiatives exemplifies her commitment to both quality health education and to the institution.
The presentation was about dedicated interprofessional education units at MGH, which ties in with UNE’s interprofessional education collaborative (IPEC). UNE students and faculty participated in this presentation. According to the UNE website, “the mission of IPEC is to educate practitioners, scholars, and researchers to work together and with patients and clients for relationship-centered health care that is comprehensive, collaborative, caring, safe, and continuous throughout the life cycle.”
It means a great deal to me to return home to Maine and help our vibrant community of interprofessional leaders, students and faculty that puts patients at the center of health care. I’m fortunate to have gained a strong educational foundation here in the UNE system, and IPEC is a best-practice initiative not just in Maine, but a model for the nation. It highlights the outstanding work being done here in Maine and it supports what we’re doing with Lunder-Dineen in terms of collaborating with experts here to create and disseminate education that improves the health of Maine residents,” said Ives Erickson.
Ives Erickson finds the IPEC initiative to be very much in line with the mission of the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine (Lunder-Dineen), of which she is one of three co-chairs. Lunder-Dineen educational programs are designed to help meet the continuing health education needs of Maine health professionals, their patients and the community.