The development of a nurse-led interprofessional oncology orientation

Hatcher, Ava L. (2017) The development of a nurse-led interprofessional oncology orientation. Practicum Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Background: Interprofessional collaborative practice (ICP) has been recommended to improve patient-centered care and increase service delivery efficiency. ICP contributes to positive relationships between healthcare professionals (HCPs) and patients, and can optimize outcomes. Currently there is a lack of ICP resources at the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA). Purpose: The purpose of this practicum project was to develop an evidence-informed nurse-led interprofessional oncology orientation to support integration of ICP in cancer care at the BCCA. Methods: An integrative literature review on ICP and education in a healthcare setting, and colleague consultations with key stakeholders were completed. Through this systematic process, benefits, barriers, and common themes were identified. The results were used to inform the development of the orientation. Results: The orientation consists of facilitated sessions which introduce a model of supportive care, common cancer symptoms and side effects, interprofessional practice competencies, a mentored observation day, and include group learning activities. The orientation provides opportunity for HCPs to learn about and with each other, apply interprofessional competencies to clinical scenarios, and develop relationships in a team-like environment. Also included is a comprehensive facilitator’s guide to support independent facilitation of the orientation by nurse educators and provides access to ICP resources. Conclusion: The projected outcomes of the orientation are to improve: (a) the quality of care being provided to patients/families diagnosed with cancer by the interprofessional team, (b) patient/family satisfaction with care, and (c) interprofessional collaboration.

Item Type: Report (Practicum Report)
Item ID: 12924
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: interprofessional “and” practice, education, teamwork, care, collaboration
Department(s): Nursing, Faculty of
Date: October 2017
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Cancer -- Nursing; Nurses -- Training of; Interprofessional education
Medical Subject Heading: Oncology Nursing; Orientation; Interprofessional Relations

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