Use Of Interprofessional Practice For Patients

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The Use of Interprofessional Practice in Nursing to Provide Innovative Care for Patients Introduction Patient care today is far more complex than it has ever been, and one single profession cannot account for every physical, mental, social, or spiritual issue that may arise within an individual (Hilton, Ghaznavi & Zuberi, 2002). In many health care systems, multidisciplinary care is used which involves a number of different types of professionals working alongside each other with separate goals. A more effective method, called interprofessional practice, is being researched which recommends that different professions combine their skills, knowledge, and expertise to better the outcome of patient care by working towards a common goal,…show more content…
This paper explores the issues with interprofessional practice, how it affects nurses, and what nursing students can do to contribute to the issue. Implementing Interprofessional Practice 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
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