Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration
Nurses should be full partners in redesigning health care in the U.S. Health care leaders need to help expand opportunities for nurses to lead and manage collaborative efforts with physicians and other members of the health care team.
As the delivery of care becomes more complex, and the need to coordinate care among physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and others becomes ever more important, developing well-functioning teams becomes a crucial objective throughout the health care system.
The need for greater interprofessional collaboration has been emphasized since the 1970s. Studies have documented, for example, the extent to which poor communication and lack of respect between physicians and nurses lead to harmful outcomes for patients.
Interprofessional collaboration is key to achieving success across education, leadership and practice and to supporting quality and innovative health care practices and delivery across diverse populations. The campaign is focusing on activities that promote accessible, integrated models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice; fosters interprofessional education among all health professionals as students and throughout their careers; promotes nurses as full partners, with physicians and other health professionals in redesigning health care in Rhode Island; and encourages care teams.