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Blog spotlight: ’Polling’ for collaborative practice

Nurse Leader Insider, September 1, 2008

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This week, learn how staff surveys can help boost collaboration at your facility:

You want your staff to deliver excellent patient care so in return, they achieve excellent patient outcomes. But you know how hard this can be if staff can't, won't, or don't know how to work together effectively.

If you are looking to enhance collaborative practice at your facility, begin with a process that causes staff to take a step back and truly understand what collaborative practices are about. You can initiate this process by having medical staff, nursing staff, and other professional departments, such as respiratory therapy and pharmacy, participate in a survey that asks questions such as:

1. What does the term "collaborative practice" mean to you?
2. Do you feel that by improving collaborative efforts we improve patient care?
3. What are two things you can do to improve/enhance collaborative practice?
4. What are two things other professionals can do to enhance collaborative efforts?
5. Would you be interested in being part of a team that works with administration on a project targeted to improve collaborative practices in our organization?

How do you create an environment of collaborative practice at your organization?

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