With healthcare increasingly being delivered by interprofessional teams, it’s become paramount that nurses are comfortable working with other healthcare professionals collaboratively and productively. The World Health Organization defines interprofessional collaboration as “multiple healthcare workers from different professional backgrounds working with patients, families, caregivers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care.” Interprofessional collaboration can significantly advance your nursing career, helping you reach new professional milestones and enjoy a more fulfilling work experience. As you set new goals, here are a few top reasons why interprofessional collaboration can advance your nursing career:
1) More effective communication.
In most cases, interprofessional collaboration involves increased communication among all parties involved in a patient’s care. This can have monumental benefits for you and your patients, as you’ll regularly engage with multiple practitioners, pharmacists, physical therapists, and many others who are part of your patient’s treatment and care. With more fluid communication typically comes reduced errors and inefficiencies, as you’ll have more accurate updates and information about the status of your patient’s medical conditions and their care trajectory. This will ultimately result in better quality outcomes and an elevated patient experience and improve your workflow with other providers.
2) Better staff relationships and job satisfaction.
By actively collaborating with others in the healthcare field to benefit your patients, you’ll establish stronger relationships with others in your medical department and facility at large. This will naturally result in greater job satisfaction, as you’ll have a chance to connect on a deeper level with others involved in your patient’s care. This also allows you to learn from other medical professionals, essentially serving as a professional development outlet for your growth. You’ll ultimately enjoy elevated morale with others in the healthcare field and take more pride in your day-to-day interactions at work.
3) Improved patient care outcomes.
Through interprofessional collaboration, you can provide better patient care on many levels. From improved communication with a patient’s other providers to more coordinated treatment plans, you’ll better serve your patients while improving patient care satisfaction within your facility. Working with multidisciplinary healthcare teams is one of the most impactful ways to treat patients and achieve the best patient care outcomes.
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