Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Interprofessional collaboration and collaborative patient and family-centered practice is increasingly advocated as a means of improving patient outcomes and the cost effectiveness of health care. The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and Registered Nurses Association of Ontario identified best practices and competencies required for interprofessional collaboration and collaborative practice. Despite the widespread dissemination of these competencies and best practice guidelines to health professional schools, there remains a gap in nursing practice regarding nursing knowledge about the core competencies required for interprofessional collaboration. The purpose of this project was the planning of an education program for nurses on interprofessional collaboration and collaborative care. At the project facility, the interprofessional practice team planned an education program for nursing staff to promote interprofessional collaborative practices and thereby improve patient and population health outcomes. The education project was guided by a model of instructional design used previously by the interprofessional practice department. The education program included a handout and a PowerPoint presentation describing the contents of the handout and clinical application of the competencies in nursing practice. The PowerPoint will be retained by the organization to present to nursing staff employed at the organization. Process evaluation included a team member questionnaire assessing leadership, participant involvement and meeting facilitation. Members of the interprofessional practice team agreed on the success of the process and involvement in the overall project. Increasing nursing knowledge about interprofessional collaboration and collaborative practices would represent positive social change to improve nursing practices and as a result, health outcomes for patients and their families.