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J Nurs Educ. 2013 Jul;52(7):406-9. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20130610-01. Epub 2013 Jun 10.

Improving lives using multidisciplinary education: partnering to benefit community, innovation, health, and technology.

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McAuley School of Nursing, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI 48221, USA.


University students are trained in specific disciplines, which can benefit disabled individuals in a variety of ways, including education, health promotion, assistive technologies, logistics, or design improvement. However, collaboration with other disciplines can have a greater impact on improving the health of disabled individuals than can training in one discipline alone. The University of Detroit Mercy Colleges of Engineering and Nursing have partnered to develop and provide assistive devices to disabled individuals while teaching innovation, technology, and collaboration to students. After 4 years of developing and implementing our multidisciplinary program, numerous unique and helpful assistive devices have been designed, created, and delivered to individuals in our community. More nursing schools should initiate multidisciplinary programs to train and prepare students for workplaces where such innovative, collaborative skills are increasingly sought. Nurses need to be at the forefront of such collaborative work.

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