Transforming nursing through knowledge

Collaboration: Leadership

Leadership - is a shared responsibility with other nursing leaders and reflects both current and future decision making related to strategic and operational issues.
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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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    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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    Key Learnings and Practical Strategies for Enhancing Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Role Clarity and Nursing Team Collaboration. 
    The purpose of this project was to invite nurses (RPNs and RNs), nurse leaders, nursing faculty, and other health care experts from around Ontario to share their knowledge and insights regarding the critical factors that support or hinder the appropriate utilization of RPNs and their ability to work to their full scope of practice as members of intra- and interprofessional health care teams.


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    Interprofessional collaborative models of health-service delivery are critical for improving access to patient-centred health care in Canada.

    The World Health Organization definescollaborative practice in health care as occurring “when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, caregivers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings.”

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    CASN/ACESI  (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing/Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières) is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Canada. 

    The objectives of CASN/ACESI are:

    To lead nursing education and nursing scholarship in the interest of healthier Canadians.


    • Speaks for Canadian nursing education and scholarship
    • Establishes and promotes national standards of excellence for nursing education
    • Promotes the advancement of nursing knowledge
    • Facilitates the integration of theory, research and practice
    • Contributes to public policy
    • Provides a national forum for issues in nursing education and research
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    The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has interviewed a number of nursing policy and practice experts working in national nursing associations (NNAs) in Canada, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and Norway to understand the reality behind the rhetoric on the shift from acute hospitals to community care and to understand the impact of this shift on the nursing workforce. These discussions have helped to shape the country-specific intelligence and analysis in this report.
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    Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF): The objectives of this four and a half year program of research were to: explore structures and processes required to build successful collaborations between primary care (PC) and public health (PH); understand the nature of existing collaborations in Canada; examine roles that nurses and other providers played in collaborations. The research represents academic reserchers and decision makers fromBritish Columbia (BC), Ontario (ON) and Nova Scotia (NS), as well as national leaders in PC and PH. By gaining a stronger understanding of the nature of existing collaborations and the structures and processes that support and hinder their success, this program of research has begun to answer how to create and enhance future PC and PH collaborations. 
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    Change efforts such as total quality management and continuous quality improvement reveal the importance of teamwork and collaboration to organizational success. In health care, teamwork has consistently been shown to improve the quality of health care and reduce medical errors[1,2]. In addition, Hoegl and Gemuenden[2] demonstrated that the quality of the teamwork is significantly associated with team performance on innovative projects, which indicates that teamwork is crucial to organizational growth and development. Both of these studies showed that communication is of the utmost importance for determining teamwork and collaboration. This paper uses path analysis to construct a causal path model which helps identify intra-organizational factors influencing the variation in perceived teamwork and collaboration within a large medical center.
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    Interest in networks as collaborating, professionalised structures continues to grow. As a post-bureaucratic form of organisation, networks have gained increasing popularity for governments and policymakers. With a considerable corpus of literature on networks within and outside the health sector, it is timely to assess the current state of knowledge, particularly in relation to how the features of networks may be applied to improve quality and outcomes of care.

    ‘Network’ is a word used extensively in healthcare research and in health services delivery. It is used as a synonym for 'partnership’, ‘collaboration’, ‘alliance’ and ‘group’, or more specifically to describe the relationships between people, groups or organisations.