As the delivery of care becomes more complex, the need to coordinate care among physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and others becomes ever more important. In the face of increasingly complex health issues, several institutions have proposed inter-professional education (IPE) as a way to improve teamwork among health professionals and move health systems from fragmentation to collaboration, with the goal of improving health outcomes (Schmitt, Blue, Aschenbrener & Viggiano, 2011). This key competency also has been included in the accreditation standards for pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and dentistry. Additionally, core competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice were developed to provide tools to prepare future health professions for interprofessional, team-based, and patient-centered care (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN] 2012). These collaborative competencies connects to the five core competencies identified by the Institute of Medicine and are instrumental in working effectively with other health professions, patients, and families (Bethea, Holland & Reddick, 2014).
Multidisciplinary working is an important factor when delivering healthcare to patients (Royal College of Nursing, 2006). However, failures in interprofessional collaboration have led to public inquiries for instance, the death of Peter Connelly (Jones, 2009) and the Mid Staffordshire report (Francis, 2013), highlighting improvement in collaboration is required. The Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) acknowledges interprofessional education as students from multiple professions, who come together; share knowledge and gain a broader understanding of the different professions (CAIPE, 2016). Interprofessional Education has been identified as an important element in the education of healthcare professionals and
In my NUR-301 Class, I had the opportunity to practice on Interprofessional Education. Our nursing student team was partnered with first year pharmacy school students to learn about each other professions and to study on how we could work in a team of healthcare professionals to attain a common goal. As this was my first time experience to meet other students from a different department of Notre Dame of Maryland University, I was not sure what to expect from our discussions. Even if I have some experiences working both in hospitals and in a pharmacy, I was no fully aware of the responsibilities of a pharmacist directly to the patient or to the healthcare field specialists.
Another important aspect of healthcare is effective interprofessional practice. This allows practitioners from different disciplines to work together to provide the best care for patients. There are four areas of competency in interprofessional collaborative practice. They are values/ethics, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams/teamwork (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011). Each of these areas contribute to skilled interprofessional
As time goes by, people get infected with new diseases or current prevailing diseases. Consequently, new drugs are produced in an attempt to overcome these diseases, which results in patients with complex health needs. The complexity of the patients’ healthcare therefore needs to be addressed by more than one discipline. Interprofessional collaborative care is a type of health care that involves people from different professions working together and relying on each other to provide effective care to patients. Interprofessional collaborative care is important and predominantly a focus of the health care reform because it improves healthcare outcome for the patients and reduces disagreements between different professions. I was able to experience interprofessional care when my grandma was diagnosed with cancer. The physician and the pharmacist worked together in ensuring that she got the proper medication that would not have any side effects on her. In addition, the physician would call the pharmacy every two weeks to check on my grandma’s progress and to ensure that she had picked up her medications. Both my grandma and I were grateful because we felt that our needs were taken care of appropriately. Moreover, interprofessional health care is important in a curriculum because if helps the students to be better prepared to work as a team. This is achieved by teaching students about their own profession while receiving an understanding of the other professions and the roles they
During the two and a half years of my pharmacy journey, I have been thinking what can a pharmacist do within the healthcare interprofessional team to better help the patients in order to achieve the best health outcome. I work in a clinic as well as inpatient pharmacy, additionally, I had my rotations at CVS and Regions Hospital. all these experiences shape my version of the pharmacists at different settings. Therefore, in various pharmacy settings, pharmacists can work differently with the whole healthcare team. The recent PED-Rx events inspired me how important pharmacists can play roles in when working in a team.
The interprofessional team consists of healthcare providers from medicine, nursing, therapeutic services, allied support and pharmacist. The role of the pharmacist in interprofessional collaboration along with an interview of a pharmacist will be defined in this paper. Pharmacist are essential members of the health care team who can help improve clinical outcomes, increase access to quality care, and contain cost.
I have spent my time as a student pharmacist learning about opportunities within clinical pharmacy and making certain that I was equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. In my pursuit, I became an active member of pharmaceutical organizations, held multiple leadership positions, attended clinical conferences, established research projects, participated in community service events, and other initiatives. I excelled academically, which was manifested in not just a high academic standard but also in tutoring fellow classmates and arranging sessions with other pharmacy students to help them improve time management and study skills. I shadowed pharmacists and residents before my advanced pharmacy practice experiences commenced to discover which areas of clinical pharmacy I found intriguing. I have obtained valuable pharmacy practice experiences in five specialties thus far including inpatient internal medicine, long term acute care, geriatrics and telehealth, and primary care. Through these rotations, I built upon the knowledge I acquired from my didactic courses but also developed patient-centered approaches and strengthened my clinical skills. I enjoyed many aspects of my rotations, including contributing pharmacotherapy recommendations, providing patient education, attending rounds and interdisciplinary team meetings – all of which have solidified my desire
Studying at the West-Mec Pharmacy Technician program will eventually help me reach my long term goal of becoming a hospital pharmacist. This program will give me the benefit of hands-on training and will teach me the necessary skills that are required for a pharmacy technician. I want to have a career as a pharmacist in the future and I understand that becoming a pharmacy technician is not required, but it is a huge benefit. Pharmacists dispense medication and other remedies. They need to understand the importance of doses, allergens and other chemical reactions that may cause harm to the patients. Because of this, pharmacists are important to the medical field. I chose a pharmacist as my career because I want to ensure that my patients
Over the past century the practice of pharmacy has evolved from a field with few specialties typically focused on compounding and filling prescriptions to modern pharmacy practice which has many different specialties. Due to the many opportunities in the field of pharmacy one assignment I completed was the APhA Career Pathway Evaluation Program to see which specialties I hay have the most interest in based on a series of questions I answered. In the following paper, I will list and discuss these results, point out some of the positive and negative attributes to each career choice, and will make an assessment on which careers may be the best form me and some of the options I disagree with.
Interprofessional practice is widely researched, and is held in high regard within education and policy; the issue is the lack of evidence of this collaboration being implemented within the health care system and hospitals (Kenny, 2002). Multidisciplinary care allows for multiple professions to work alongside each other, while working towards their own individual goals. Meanwhile, interprofessional practice involves all professionals working together as a team towards one goal, which is the overall health of the patient (Botten, 2012). Kenny (2002) suggests that interprofessional practice is an opportunity to diminish any power barriers, and considers all other professionals roles and responsibilities. This allows different professions to care for a patient based on their education, skills, specialties, and experiences. Botten (2012) proposes that this leads to a number of different perspectives, shared responsibilities, a decrease in medical errors and enhanced staff morale. The concept of different professionals working together is crucial in patient care because as stated previously, not one profession could possibly care for all of the needs of modern patients (Hilton et al., 2002). Research suggests that one reason for not implementing interprofessional practice is the
Working as a Behavioral Specialist, I took care of patients with traumatic brain injuries. It was a very rewarding job, which taught me compassion and appreciation for my own life. As a Health Unit Coordinator I have learned about admissions and discharges of patients, how charts are organized, and how to communicate with doctors and nurses. In my most recent job, as a Pharmacy Technician, I have learned many things that I believe will be helpful while going through the Physician Assistant Program. One of them is my familiarity with different medications, knowing what they are used for and what they look like. As a Physician Assistant I will be required to write prescriptions for medications. Knowing dosages and how a prescription should be written will be a very useful tool to have. I have enjoyed working as a Pharmacy Technician, being a part of medical team and most of all helping patients in the best way I could, but I always wished I could have more
Attending the “Interprofessional Education” (IPE) session was extremely beneficial and informational for me as an occupational therapy (OT) student. It was beneficial for me for one of two reasons: first it enabled me to inform and educate other professional students about OT. We are told in our program that many professions are unaware of what we do, and that we have to continuously advocate and educate others on what we do and why our profession is so important, in order to remain a profession. I was surprised to discover that so many different professions had never heard of OT. Many students thought OT was a branch of physical therapy, a career finding profession or had heard of OT but had no idea what it was. Secondly, it was beneficial for me to learn exactly what other professionals are doing and hear what their goals were in improving client care. Knowing what other professionals do will benefit my career so that I know who is writing the referrals and where I can refer my clients if needed to. In addition, when working on a health care team, aiming to be client centered, it is critical for each profession to be knowledgeable of one another so that each client is getting the maximal and most beneficial care needed.
$90,000 and above. This variation is mainly dependent upon geographic location and employer. GNP’s in California, Hawaii, and New Jersey, for example, have the highest salaries compared to those in mid-western and southern states. Individual salaries are further influenced by, and increase with, additional education and experience. Being a GNP brings additional rewards. There is the satisfaction of rendering quality care to a large and growing population that is in dire need of specialized care at this particular time in their lives. For me, it is the feeling of gratification that comes with knowing, that after a person has lived many years, I can be of help in making their final years as healthy and comfortable as possible, even when the need for palliative care arises. Most important, is the relationship that develops with the client, and the opportunity to learn from the experience with each individual.
Interprofessional care consist of multiple health care professionals from different professions working together on the same collaborative team to provide the best possible health care to the patient to ensure the best outcome for the patient. A interprofessional team consist of any health care professionals, for example physicians, pharmacist, social workers, nurses, and physical therapist. Each professional has there own defined role and their strengths are optimized to provide the best care to the patient. In order for the team to work team members must respect and value other members opinions and ideas about decisions for the patient, even if you might disagree with another members opinion. For the best possible chance of achieving the best outcome for the patient, everyone on the team must collaborate together to help the patient. The Pharmacist 's role has evolved over the past years. Before, pharmacist used to just dispense the medicine the physicians prescribed. Now, pharmacist are a integral part of the interprofessional team. Pharmacist now go on rounds with the team, talk to patients one on one to discuss how to manage there disease, and many other things. Even though a pharmacist does much more then just dispense medicine, many patients and some professionals still think that 's all they do. When a pharmacist first starts doing rounds with physicians and nurses ', they may be confused as to what exactly the pharmacists role is, when in fact the pharmacist is a