Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

What is the role of the nurse in collaborating with the interprofessional team and the client?

 

Q: What is the role of the nurse in collaborating with the interprofessional team and the client?
A: Nurses are expected to have sound facilitation skills (Fredericks, 2009b) and to work collaboratively with clients and interprofessional colleagues to ensure they have up-to-date knowledge of the client, the client’s learning preferences, the roles and responsibilities of interprofessional colleagues, and that they work collaboratively to ensure the most effective facilitation possible for the client. The nurse and client complete goal setting collaboratively to support self-management (RNAO, 2010). A systematic review by Costner and Norman (2009), found that when planning structured educational sessions the nurse collaborates with the appropriate interprofessional team members and the client and considers the nature of the material, the characteristics of the clients, the client valuing of peers, and the potential for a group educational session.