Effective interprofessional communication is necessary for safe, high-quality healthcare delivery regardless of the practice setting. As healthcare delivery continues to expand in complexity, knowledge of interdisciplinary roles and collaboration among those disciplines is essential to accurately identify and address population health needs. In this activity, you will be introduced to the core competencies for interprofessional practice. You will have a conversation with an interdisciplinary colleague within your community in order to consider the impact of collaborative practice and to better understand the interdisciplinary efforts involved in the disaster management process.
Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:
- Describe the collaborative effort between nurses, interprofessional colleagues, and community stakeholders in the disaster management cycle.
- Interpret the core competencies for interprofessional practice.
- Textbook: Public Health Nursing: Population-centered Health Care in the Community
- Website: IPEC “Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice” (2016 update)
- Video: Collaboration Across Professions Improves Patient Outcomes
- Video: Collaboration in Health Care: The Journey of an Accidental Expert
For this activity, you will identify an interdisciplinary colleague who practices within the community. You will conduct a brief interview with that individual prior to the discussion activity in order to learn more about how interdisciplinary collaboration impacts the population served, as well as the disaster management process within your community. Specific suggestions for talking points can be found within the instructions.
Interprofessional collaboration is the use of the best minds for the information you need to take care of patients or understand processes. We, as nurses,must collaborate effectively with members of the healthcare team from other disciplines and outside our scope of practice. That means working together as team members and team leaders. To do that, we must understand each member’s job and areas of expertise. Learning the language, norms, and special foci of other disciplines fosters more effective use of resources and knowledge. In the community, it only makes us stronger to know some of the professionals that work for the communities good.
According to the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, interprofessional collaboration is a ‘partnership between a team of health providers and a client in a participatory collaborative and coordinated approach to shared decision making around health and social issues’. Interprofessional collaborative practice has been defined as a process which includes communication and decision-making, enabling a synergistic influence of grouped knowledge and skills. Elements of collaborative practice include responsibility, accountability, coordination, communication, cooperation, assertiveness, autonomy, and mutual trust and respect. It is this partnership that creates an interprofessional team designed to work on common goals to improve patient outcomes. Collaborative interactions exhibit a blending of professional cultures and are achieved through sharing skills and knowledge to improve the quality of patient care (Interprofessional Education Collaborative, 2016).
Interprofessional Education Collaborative. (2016). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: 2016 update. Washington, DC: Interprofessional Education Collaborative.
- Review the appropriate rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
- Open “Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice” (I`PEC) and review the four competency domains.
- Additional supportive readings can be found in Chapter 39 and Chapter 41 in the textbook, Public Health Nursing: Population-centered Health Care in the Community.
- Watch the following videos:
- Identify an interprofessional colleague in the community and prepare to have a conversation with that individual regarding collaborative practice.
- Develop a short list of talking points and/or questions you plan to ask this person on the topic of interprofessional collaboration in the one competency domain which you have chosen. You may consider the following examples, and create some additional questions or talking points of your own:
- How does the collaborative engagement of healthcare professionals within the community affect the health of the population?
- Describe the role of interprofessional collaboration within your specific practice or job responsibilities.
- Within the context of disaster preparedness and disaster management for your community, discuss the collaboration that takes place between interdisciplinary colleagues and intersectoral community stakeholders (i.e., advanced practice nurses, educators, etc.)
- Have a conversation with the interprofessional colleague you selected.
- Prepare to discuss the following prompts:
- Briefly identify the four areas of competency for interprofessional collaborative practice as outlined in the Core Competencies publication.
- Based upon your conversation with an interdisciplinary colleague, select one of the specific competency statements within one of the four competency domains that was evident in his/her practice and state your choice.
- Discuss how this competency was evident in his/her practice. Be sure to provide specific examples to illustrate the competency.
- How does this competency affect the health and well-being of the population in your community?
- Identify one additional competency that was evident in his/her practice specific to the disaster preparedness/management process and explain its purpose and value to the community.
- Utilize a minimum of two current scholarly sources, correctly cited and referenced, to support your information.