Effective Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in Nursing Education

Elizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, ANEF, FNAP

Fall 2016

As the transformation of the American healthcare system continues apace, many healthcare professionals are being asked to develop a more holistic approach to addressing the increasing complexity of patients’ health needs. Today’s nurses are now expected to acquire knowledge from several non-nursing disciplines in order to treat patients. In fact, experts argue that the delivery of high-quality care requires an interprofessional approach, where representatives from multiple departments work together to provide care. Recent studies, however, question whether nurses can adapt, given the shortage of nurse faculty and mentors, as well as research indicating the prevalence of poor communication and collaborative practices across the healthcare professional spectrum.

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