Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Individual/Team Recommendations

11.0 Supporting interprofessional team and care delivery

11.1 All health-care professionals, as well as volunteers and students, demonstrate their commitment to the principles of interprofessional care by:
a. Practising and collaborating with colleagues, patients/clients and families in a way that fosters respect, trust and understanding;
b. Understanding their roles and expertise, reflecting on their practice, being confident in their own abilities, and expertise, knowing the standards and boundaries of their practice and recognizing when it’s time to turn to other team members; and
c. Developing communication and conflict-management skills.

12.0 Power and hierarchy in teams

12.1 Team members demonstrate their willingness to share power by:
a. Building a collaborative environment through recognizing and understanding power and its influence on everyone involved;
b. Creating balanced power relationships through shared leadership, decision making, authority, and responsibility;
c. Including diverse voices for decision making;
d. Sharing knowledge with each other, openly; and
e. Working collaboratively with patients/clients and their families to plan and deliver care.

13.0 Interprofessional education

13.1 Individuals develop skill and competency in precepting, mentoring and facilitating interprofessional learning.

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