Transforming nursing through knowledge

Collaboration: All Resources

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    Collaborative Practice has been identified as playing an important role in improving patient outcomes, strengthening health care services and improving health workforce satisfaction. This pilot project explores one organization’s experience developing and implementing Interprofessional Practice Councils (IPPCs) as a means of enhancing the culture of collaboration and implementation of best practices for three programs in the organization. Three key themes were identified as essential to the design of a successful comprehensive IPPC: 1) structure; 2) values; and, 3) education.
    Results suggest that the core content of focus for IPPCs be composed of collaborative practice, and evidence-based practice and knowledge translation, and that key components for sustainability include: i) senior team support; ii) accountability and decision-making; iii) medical staff engagement; iv) relationship to the strategic plan; v) clear leadership and training for council members; vi) clear principal statement and council terms of reference; vii) demonstration of positive outcome and value; and, viii) defining expectations. In addition, readiness assessment and strong leadership which includes allocation of resources for focused start-up to ensure sustainability appear to be necessary requirements for successful council integration.
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    The Registered Nurses´ Association of Ontario continues to be funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) and eHealth Ontario to implement the Nursing and eHealth Project.

    The purpose of the initiative is to facilitate the nursing profession's involvement in the Ontario eHealth agenda and support nurses to take a leadership role in the adoption of communication and information systems in all health-care settings.

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    Access to important Nursing / Healthcare links:

    • Ontario Government

    • Ontario Nursing Education

    • Nursing Associations and Interest Groups in Ontario

    • Other Regulatory Health Professionals in Ontario

    • Other Provincial/Territorial Associations - RN / RPN

    • Canadian Nursing Associations and Interest Groups

    • Other Nursing/Health Care Links in Canada

    • Other Nursing/Health Care Links Outside Canada

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    Quality improvement collaboratives involve groups of professionals coming together, either from within an organisation or across multiple organisations, to learn from and motivate each other to improve the quality of health services. Collaboratives often use a structured approach, such as setting targets and undertaking rapid cycles of change. This evidence scan explores research about whether collaboratives help to improve quality in health care and the factors that may be key to their success.
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    This guideline is intended to support you in your journeys towards excellence in communication, leadership skills, and knowledge of teamwork to build a better tomorrow for patients/clients and nurses, present and future. This panel has explored the complexities of diverse compositions, contexts and structures of nursing teams in an ever changing, interdisciplinary environment.

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    This Best Practice Guideline focuses on nursing teams and processes that foster healthy work environments.

    The focus for the development of this guideline was managing conflict among nursing and healthcare teams with the view that while some conflict is preventable, healthy conflict can also be beneficial. For the purpose of this document, conflict is defined as: a phenomenon occurring between interdependent parties as they experience negative emotional reactions to perceived disagreements and interference with the attainment of their goals (Barki & Hartwick, 2004).

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    A growing body of evidence indicates that interprofessional teamwork in healthcare can reduce clinical error, increase staff satisfaction, and improve patient outcomes and patient safety. Interprofessional care has been identified as part of a solution to help reduce wait times, improve access to healthcare professionals, and keep Ontarians healthy. The inclusion of interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of healthcare is not surprising. Not only is there a need for a more sustainable and innovative use of human health resources, but a rapidly aging population is also in need of effective teams of diverse health and social care professionals to co-ordinate their care.
    Background: Although interprofessional education (IPE) is not new, there has been limited research in IPE focused on the care of older adults. The objective of this study was to develop and implement an interprofessional education and care (IPE/C) toolkit, to help staff and students understand and apply the concepts of IPE/C.
    Methods: Focus groups identified staff and students’ understanding of IPE/C and informed the development of an IPE/C toolkit comprised of IPE/C tools and resources.


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    The purpose of the Leadership and Health System Redesign research study was to explore the leadership dynamics at play in Canadian health reform and to develop leadership capacity in the Canadian health system through applied research and knowledge mobilization. The study makes an important contribution to our understanding of how different forms of leadership are shaping health reform in Canada and the complex array of factors that make leadership of large scale reform very challenging.
    It illuminates the need for much greater clarity about what concepts such as distributed and complexity leadership look like in practice, and how important it is to do further research on how those models can be used to influence transformation in a decentralized health care system. Results highlight the need for a more coordinated Canadian strategy for leadership talent management and succession planning and a more robust, systematic and comprehensive approach to research and knowledge mobilization on best practices of leadership.
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    This report was prepared as part of Canada’s contribution to the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, to illustrate the roles that the health sector can play in advancing health equity—both through integrating health equity into the policies, programs and practices of 
    the health sector as well as through collaboration with other sectors. These are illustrated by concrete examples drawn from across the Canadian health sector, with a particular spotlight on health entities at three different levels of government: the Government of Canada’s Health Portfolio (federal); Alberta Health Services (provincial); and the Saskatoon Health Region (regional). The lessons learned include a number of enabling factors, as well as how to address common challenges that may arise.
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    Society is a hugely complex, interconnected “system of systems” - of relationships, of policies, of services, of countless visible and invisible interactions, influences, and impacts. Improving wellbeing in one system will often have positive impacts on others and on the whole. A key goal of the (Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) is to identify and understand the connections between the eight domains - each of which represents a system - and the many factors that influence overall wellbeing. Using 64 indicators that reflect aspects of our everyday lives, the CIW combines data, theory, and practice to come up with new solutions to boost different aspects of wellbeing - either simultaneously or in succession.