NUR 514 Topic 1 DQ 2
DQ 2 :From your experience, how can developing strong interprofessional relationships increase collaboration and benefit patient outcomes or organizational initiatives?
From your experience, how can developing strong interprofessional relationships increase
collaboration and benefit patient outcomes or organizational initiatives? What are some ways
you can form an interprofessional team and collaborate with other advanced registered nurse
roles? Make sure to incorporate the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
competencies in your response.
“Collaborative interactions exhibit a blending of professional cultures and are achieved though
sharing skills and knowledge to improve the quality of patient care” (Bridges et al., 2011). I
work normally with patients who have experienced strokes and we collaborate with physical,
occupational and speech therapy quite regularly. Interprofessional Education Collaborative
(IPEC) describes competencies related to roles and responsibilities that state we need to
recognize one’s limitation in skills, knowledge and abilities (2016). We place a lot of trust in
these professionals to safely discharge these patients. Many of the nursing staff is aware that
physical therapists specialize in moving patients so we take their recommendations very
seriously. Patients with strokes can have new deficits and they need education how to adjust to
their new normal. We also work very closely with speech therapy and they help us safely feed
our patients. We use communication tools, as described in IPEC competency CC1, to ensure
everyone is on the same page (2016). We have set forms that lays out how we should have the
patient sit, how they should take their medications and how their food or liquids should be
changed in terms of size or consistency. If you form a trusting relationship with other healthcare
professionals now, as described in IPEC competency VE6, when you advance into your furture
role as an advanced registered nures the whole team can benefit because the foundation is
already there (2016). It is important to be aware of other healthcare professionals skills and
competencies and understand that every person has something they can bring to the table to help
patients. As an advanced practice nurse, it is important to know your scope of practice and that
of people you work with to better understand what role everyone has in providing care.
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