Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Reflection on an experience as a nurse in which you collaborated interprofessionally, as well as a brief discussion of an interprofessional collaboration scenario ( Topic: Bloodstream Infection Control collaboration with an infectious disease doctor) and how it could have been better approached.
Interprofessional collaboration is a critical aspect of a nurses work. Through interprofessional collaboration, practitioners and patients share information and consider each others perspectives to better understand and address the many factors that contribute to health and well-being (Sullivan et al., 2015). Essentially, by collaborating, health care practitioners and patients can have better health outcomes. Nurses, who are often at the frontlines of interacting with various groups and records, are full partners in this approach to health care.

Reflection is a key part of building interprofessional competence, as it allows you to look critically at experiences and actions through specific lenses. From the standpoint of interprofessional collaboration, reflection can help you consider potential reasons for and causes of people’s actions and behaviors (Saunders et al., 2016). It also can provide opportunities to examine the roles team members adopted in a given situation as well as how the team could have worked more effectively.

Competency 1:
A). Explain strategies for managing human and financial resources to promote organizational health.
B).Identify how poor collaboration can result in inefficient management of human and financial resources supported by evidence from the literature.

Competency 2: 
A). Explain how interdisciplinary collaboration can be used to achieve desired patient and systems outcomes.
Reflect on an interdisciplinary collaboration experience noting ways in which it was successful and unsuccessful in achieving desired outcomes.
B). Identify best-practice interdisciplinary collaboration strategies to help a team to achieve its goals and work more effectively together.

Competency 4: 
A). Explain how change management theories and leadership strategies can enable interdisciplinary teams to achieve specific organizational goals.
B). Identify best-practice leadership strategies from the literature, which would improve an interdisciplinary teams ability to achieve its goals.

Competency 5: 
A). Apply professional, scholarly, evidence-based communication strategies to impact patient, interdisciplinary team, and systems outcomes.
B.) The full reference list is from relevant and evidence-based (published within 5 years) sources, exhibiting nearly flawless adherence to APA format.

Saunders, R., Singer, R., Dugmore, H., Seaman, K., & Lake, F. (2016). Nursing students’ reflections on an interprofessional placement in ambulatory care. Reflective Practice, 17(4), 393402.

Sullivan, M., Kiovsky, R., Mason, D., Hill, C., Duke, C. (2015). Interprofessional collaboration and education. American Journal of Nursing, 115(3), 4754.