Discussion: Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Sepsis Care

Discussion: Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Sepsis Care

Discussion: Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Sepsis Care

Question Description


How much have you heard about interprofessional practice? None? Lots? Somewhere in between? This week we talk about interprofessional practice from the scholarly viewpoint and from your personal experiences.

After reading your textbook chapters for the week, read the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (Links to an external site.).

(There are 2011 Competencies and 2016 Updates- both files on the left half of the page)

Now, think about your daily (or nightly!) nursing practice. Relate your actual practice to the interprofessional core competencies: what collaboration do you see that is working? What situations do you see that don’t use good quality collaboration?

Find at least 1 journal article related to interprofessional practice and healthcare research- any article that is a study of interprofessional practice in healthcare will work. Nursing needs to be included but the article does not need to be from a nursing journal- it could be any healthcare discipline- such as a medical journal or a physical therapy journal.

Now go to www.wordle.net (Links to an external site.) (You can’t use Google Chrome as a browser for this site to work) Note: you don’t have to use “wordle”, you can use ANY Word Cloud Builder/Generator (Google can help you find one)

-Click “create”

-Type in all the words you think of when you think of “interprofessional collaboration in healthcare” related to your nursing practice (no swear words though!); no right or wrong answers

-Click “go”

-View your awesome Word Cloud!

-Feel free to change the font, layout, and/or color (menu across top of your word cloud)

-Click “Save as PNG” or PDF on your computer somewhere

(Note- you can use any word cloud generator, just search for one online)


-A brief summary of the article you reviewed

-Related to the Core Competencies of Interprofessional Practice: give at least one personal example of an interprofessional patient-care situation. Did you feel that the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaboration were followed? Why or why not?

-Insert Image of your Word Cloud directly into the discussion post.

-Support your posts with evidence.


Interprofessional Practice

The article Prevention of Sentinel Events in the Ophthalmic OR: Patient Safety Improved Through Interprofessional Collaboration, discusses the improvement of Interprofessional Collaboration in order to prevent sentinel events in the ophthalmic OR. Interprofessional communication is critical to have in the OR in order to do all the steps that are required before starting a procedure, for example identifying the correct surgical site. Communication breakdowns are the primary cause of 70% of serious adverse events (O’Leary, 2018). Adequate communication amongst all team members is how a successful surgery can take place. This article mentions how an interprofessional education (IPE) course should be taken by health care professionals. All learners, with a variety of different professional roles, responsibilities, life experiences, and learning styles, are to participate in education that implements solutions for effective teamwork and improved patient outcomes (O’Leary, 2018).  This type of education can promote discussions, concerns and improve communication involvement amongst the OR team. It is the failure to communicate effectively that leads to such sentinel events.


The topic interprofessional practice is beneficial to learn more about because it is/should be being applied at work amongst health care members. Interprofessional collaboration is described as the engagement with other professionals to provide evidence-based care with the ultimate goal of promoting safety (Schmidt, 2019). During my shift, I was caring for a patient who has covid and needed minimal assistance with their daily activities of living. This patients plan was to be discharged home. My concern for this patient was that she would not be able to properly quarantine herself away from her family members in a safe manner. She lived with multiple family members including a young baby. I coordinated with the doctor and explained the situation by communicating to him what her living situation was like. By collaborating together it was determined that it was safe for the patient to be discharged home because since she needs some assistance but also needs to self-isolate, this would have not been possible. The patient now has to stay at the hospital until she comes back with a negative result because she also didn’t want to go to any type of rehab, she wanted to go home. Additionally, I followed up with her family over the phone to update them regarding the safety concerns we had regarding preventing the spread of this virus at home. The following day I collaborated with physical and occupation therapy to make sure my patient was getting the therapy she needed while she was at the hospital until she went home. Competency number 3 is what was apparent in my personal experience. Communicating with patients, families, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive manner that supports a team approach to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease describes this competency of interprofessional communication (IPEC, 2016). During this experience, collaboration amongst multiple disciplines was integrated, for example, PT/OT, the Doctor, the nurse, and the family and patient. I think the patient and her family were more understanding of the situation due to the consistent updates I provided with them over the phone. Furthermore, the safety of the other family members at home was also a priority and by communicating with multiple team members, promotion of health and prevention of disease was the goal.


Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). (2016). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: 2016 update. Interprofessional Education Collaborative.

O’Leary, J. (2018). Prevention of Sentinel Events in the Ophthalmic OR: Patient Safety Improved Through Interprofessional Collaboration. Insight: The Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses43(4), 9–12.

Schmidt, N. A., & Brown, J. M. (2019). Evidence-based practice for nurses: Appraisal and application of research. Jones & Bartlett Learning. (4th ed.)