What is the role of nursing in interprofessional teams? What strategies can be used to build more effective communication between health care professionals? What can nurses do to improve and advance interprofessional collaborative practice?
These are just some of the questions that were addressed by Patricia A. Reidy, DNP, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN, in her keynote address, “Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and the Nursing Role: Bridging the Gap.”
Delivered during the Nurses Day Conference 2021, held online on May 7, 2021, the presentation offered a detailed look at the current state and future promise of interprofessional collaborative practice.
Reidy, the associate dean of Academic Affairs and Program Innovation at the MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing, drew on research studies, real-life examples, and video case studies to explore issues related to the improvement of collaboration and communication between health care teams.
In 2010, Reidy reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that “Collaborative practice happens when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings.”
Gaps in Training and Practice
WHO’s definition, Reidy said, was “well and good,” but gaps created by disparate educational approaches, engrained hierarchies, and long-standing clinical practices make it difficult to realize the promise of interprofessional collaborative practice.