Medical teams, especially in hospital critical care units, need to work together smoothly. When lives are on the line, we hope healthcare skills and standards are unanimous across the board. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
According to an article published by News Medical, healthcare providers, from nurses to doctors, enter the field with different skill sets. These variances in knowledge directly impact patient care.
Certain medical institutes are taking action to solve theses important issues. Schools like Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine are partnering with Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) on new year-long project funded by The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. They’re calling the project “Aligning Education and Practice to Support Inter-professional Collaboration.”
The goal of the project is to connect what schools teach and what actually happens in the field. For now, FAU students, including medical, nursing and social work, are all learning the nationally recommended inter-professional competencies. This is a new trend, not typically seen in healthcare education.
“We already have a well-established relationship with Florida Atlantic University and we welcome this new facet of our partnership,” said Charles Posternack, M.D., chief medical officer of BRRH. “This new project will enhance clear and efficient communication among members of the healthcare team and further our commitment to excellence in teaching and clinical practice.”
The project’s purpose is to combine academic and field partners to establish unified healthcare teams within patient care settings.
“By taking an inter-professional approach to training, we are building the crucial communication and team building skills that are essential to support collaboration and quality patient-centered outcomes,” said Terry Eggenberger, Ph.D., assistant professor in FAU’s College of Nursing who is working with her collaborator Kathryn Keller, Ph.D., professor in FAU’s College of Nursing.
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