Explain strategies for effective interprofessional teamwork and collaboration in health care delivery..
Write a 3–4-page article that addresses the topic of interprofessional collaboration and teamwork in health care organizations.
The majority of health care leaders today state that interprofessional collaboration is essential for effective and efficient health care delivery. But this type of collaboration rarely occurs (Bankston & Glazer, 2013). In this assessment you will consider what it takes to develop truly effective interprofessional collaborative teams.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
o Competency 1: Explain strategies for effective interprofessional teamwork and collaboration in health care delivery.
Describe strategies to help people work effectively together.
o Competency 2: Analyze the implications of working with interprofessional teams in multifaceted health care settings.
Explain the meaning of the term “interprofessional collaboration” from a nursing perspective.
Describe the characteristics and qualities of effective interprofessional teams in terms of patient safety.
Describe the benefits, limitations, and challenges of working in interprofessional teams for health care organizations, team members, and patients.
o Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations of a nursing professional.
Write content clearly and logically, with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Use correct APA format.
Bankston, K., & Glazer, G. (2013). Legislative: Interprofessional collaboration: What’s taking so long? OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 19(1).
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When six Navy pilots step into their F/A-18 fighter jets, they become the Blue Angels, and the world sees a synchronized display of precision flight formation. During their aerial acrobatics, the 28-ton jets form a diamond shape with a mere 18 inches between the wing of one jet and the canopy of another, travelling at more than 300 miles per hour. How do the pilots achieve such precision? In addition to hours of practice, intense focus, clear communication, and mutual trust, “at the door, each [pilot] checks his or her ego, exchanging it for a soul-deep commitment to ‘The Team’” (Scott, 2005, para.1).
Teams and collaborative groups are at the heart of many great achievements and are common in health care and familiar to nurses. But what defines a team, and how do teams achieve great outcomes? There are a number of elements that must come together in order to build effective teams. Many teams are in a state of constant flux as they build and dissolve, based on the needs of the organization. Nurses are often involved in several teams at the same time, and many of these teams are multidisciplinary in nature.
So, what factors determine the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary team? Do the same factors affect different teams working within different areas of health care?
Scott, W. (2005). Blue angels. Aviation Week & Space Technology, 162(12), 50–57.
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Questions to Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community.
o Consider some of the teams of which you have been a member:
What factors contributed to the success and effectiveness of the team?
How did each member of the team contribute to the success of the team?
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