Dr. Andrea Thinnes received her BS in Occupational Therapy from College of St. Mary in 2001 and her post professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University in 2007. She has been an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Creighton University since 2006. She has been teaching courses on Older Adults, Mental Health, and Spirituality in Occupational Therapy Practice which have interprofessional team activities within them. She also serves as an instructor for an interprofessional palliative care course. Dr. Thinnes also coordinates the Occupational Therapy Gerontology fellowship program since its inception in 2017.
Andrea Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Cultivating Dynamic Interprofessional Competency and Communication Skills Among Health Professionals to Optimize Aging
Beginning in the fall of 2017, a team consisting of one occupational therapy faculty, one physical therapy faculty, and one professional from the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) implemented an interprofessional experience (IPE) for Occupational and Physical therapy students in an assisted living facility. The experience includes orientation and guided communication for the IPE teams prior to an onsite experience with the assigned assisted living facility resident. The teams observed one another complete profession specific assessments and conducted a care…