Interprofessional Collaboration and Teamwork

Write a 3–4-page article that addresses the topic of interprofessional collaboration and teamwork in health care organizations.

The majority of health care leaders today state that  interprofessional collaboration is essential for effective and efficient  health care delivery. But this type of collaboration rarely occurs  (Bankston & Glazer, 2013). In this assessment you will consider what  it takes to develop truly effective interprofessional collaborative  teams.


When six Navy pilots step into their F/A-18 fighter jets, they become  the Blue Angels, and the world sees a synchronized display of precision  flight formation. During their aerial acrobatics, the 28-ton jets form a  diamond shape with a mere 18 inches between the wing of one jet and the  canopy of another, travelling at more than 300 miles per hour. How do  the pilots achieve such precision? In addition to hours of practice,  intense focus, clear communication, and mutual trust, "at the door, each  [pilot] checks his or her ego, exchanging it for a soul-deep commitment  to 'The Team'" (Scott, 2005, para.1).

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Teams and collaborative groups are at the heart of many great  achievements and are common in health care and familiar to nurses. But  what defines a team, and how do teams achieve great outcomes? There are a  number of elements that must come together in order to build effective  teams. Many teams are in a state of constant flux as they build and  dissolve, based on the needs of the organization. Nurses are often  involved in several teams at the same time, and many of these teams are  multidisciplinary in nature.

So, what factors determine the effectiveness of a  multidisciplinary team? Do the same factors affect different teams  working within different areas of health care?

Reference

Scott, W. (2005). Blue angels. Aviation Week & Space Technology, 162(12), 50–57.


Preparation

Search the Capella library and Internet to locate scholarly and  professional journal articles on the elements of an effective  interprofessional health care team to use as support in this assessment.

Requirements

You have been asked to submit an article to be published in your  organization's newsletter. After careful deliberation, you have decided  to address the topic of interprofessional collaboration and teamwork in  health care organizations, and how teams can be successful. Your article  should be 3–4 pages in length, not including the title page and  references page. Format this assessment following APA guidelines.

Complete the following in your article:

  • Explain what is meant by the term interprofessional collaborationfrom a nursing perspective. (Do not simply copy a definition from a dictionary or other resource!)
  • Describe the characteristics and qualities of effective interprofessional teams in terms of patient care and safety.
  • Describe the benefits and limitations of interprofessional teams for health care organizations, members of a team, and patients.
  • Explain the challenges of working in an interprofessional team.
  • Describe strategies to help people come together to function effectively as a collaborative team.
  • Explain how interprofessional teams define success. Consider how  the definition might change based on the types of situations the team  was formed to handle.

Additional Requirements

  • Include a separate title page and references page.
  • Reference at least three current scholarly or professional resources.
  • Use APA format.
  • Use Times New Roman font, 12 point.
  • Double space.


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