The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2011), reported that most healthcare providers today lack training to work as part of integrated teams and therefore presents a limitation in patient care settings when they must interact with providers from other professions to share information, execute quality and safety checks and help patients understand and comply with treatment plans. Research suggested that interprofessional collaboration improves coordination, communication and, ultimately, the quality and safety of patient care (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011).Interprofessional collaboration is vital if we want to provide safe and quality care to our patients. If we don’t collaborate with other healthcare professionals, the life of our patients can be at risk and poor outcomes occur. I believe that the role of the Nurse practitioner continues to be misunderstood. As stated in my previous post to the Doctor, we are not trying to take their jobs away rather working collaboratively with them to maximize patient outcomes. To increase interprofessional collaboration with nurse practitioners, a suggested solution would be to begin
introducing our role to medical students and other health professions students (Interprofessional education collaborative expert panel, 2011). I think this would be a good idea since we were taught the scope of practice that Doctors have. Why not teach medical students our scope of practice? Interprofessional collaboration between health care providers is essential for the best delivery of care. In addition, it would help with integrating the nurse practitioner into primary care and also helps to achieve increased positive outcomes for our patients. ReferencesInterprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel.Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Retrieved from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2011). More interprofessional collaboration in health care? Retrieved from -encourage-more-interprofessional-collaborati.html
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