The task of rendering high-quality medical services within hospitals can be addressed when employees effectively cooperate. In order to do so, they rely heavily on the principles and frameworks of interprofessional collaboration elaborated for coordinating their efforts. Therefore, the examination of these approaches alongside the role of baccalaureate-prepared nurses is critical to understanding their practical value and applicability to the needs of present-day healthcare facilities.
Overview and Benefits
The interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) model is a framework intended for promoting skills and abilities related to teamwork. According to Golom and Schreck (2018), it helps nursing practitioners efficiently share responsibilities for positively affecting health indicators, patient experience, and affordability of services. These three parameters laid on the basis of IPCP are reported to be beneficial for exchanging knowledge among professionals in various fields and increasing the precision of interventions (Golom & Schreck, 2018). Therefore, they should be considered when developing complex treatment techniques.
Healthcare Delivery, Factors, and Barriers
The inclusion of IPCP in the regular operations of medical facilities changes healthcare delivery in the long run by minimizing accompanying risks. Thus, Guck et al. (2019) proved that this method leads to “reductions of 16.7% in emergency department visits, 17.7% in hospitalizations, 0.8% in hemoglobin A1c levels, and 48.2% in total patient charges” (p. 82). It means that the services rendered are of higher quality, and the use of IPCP has positive effects on patients with different conditions. These outcomes correlate with the factors promoting the model, such as equality of team members, flexible leadership, clear roles, and continuity of interventions (Golom & Schreck, 2018). Their combination is crucial for guaranteeing the acceptance of this type of interaction by all participants and the lack of hierarchical restrictions. The barriers include ambiguity of purposes due to the presence of different standpoints and the lack of means for timely communication (Golom & Schreck, 2018). They seem significant for the results of the IPCP introduction; nevertheless, these issues can be addressed over time since the advantages outweigh the drawbacks.
The Role of Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses
In the work of interprofessional teams, baccalaureate-prepared nurses play a vital role due to their awareness of community needs. As an employee in this position, I would therefore be responsible for clarifying the diversity of patients in the facility and the importance of this factor for treatment results (Ruiz, 2020). In addition, the involvement in communication between healthcare practitioners and families can be included in the list of tasks to guarantee the formation of positive perceptions among the participants.
How IPCP Guides Clinical Practice
The feasibility of the described approach is complemented by the fact that evidence surrounding IPCP guides clinical practice by offering insight into the effectiveness of a combination of techniques. Hence, treatment can be suggested more efficiently when specialists consistently share the knowledge and its practical application in the respective fields (Guck et al., 2019). From this perspective, it can be stated that IPCP data is critical for providing high-quality care.
In conclusion, the overview of IPCP showed that this model is important for coordinating the work of employees in a hospital setting. It ensures the precision of implemented measures and, consequently, results in better outcomes in the absence of further complications and respect for the human factor. Therefore, it can be concluded that IPCP is an optimal solution to tasks requiring expertise from different medical fields.
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Guck, T. P., Potthoff, M. R., Walters, R. W., Doll, J., Greene, M. A., & DeFreece, T. (2019). Improved outcomes associated with interprofessional collaborative practice. Annals of Family Medicine, 17(S1), 82. Web.
Ruiz, D. (2020). Population health beyond the classroom: An innovative approach to educating baccalaureate nursing students. Nursing Education Perspectives, 41(5), 304-306. Web.