Collaborative Practice

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Collaborative Practice in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Jean Matsche

University of Phoenix

BSN013; NUR402

Kathleen Jordan, MS RN

January 21, 2007


Collaborative Practice in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Collaborative practice in health care occurs when a member of the health care team consults with another member to provide patient care. Collaboration most often occurs between doctors and nurses. "Collaboration is defined as a relationship of interdependence; the ability to work together involves trust and respect not only of each other but of the work and perspectives each contributes to the care of the patient" (Phipps and Schaag, 1995, p. 19). Effective collaborative practice amongst all health care team members leads to continuity of care, professional interdependence, quality care, patient satisfaction and decreased costs. Ongoing collaboration between health care members results in mutual respect, trust and an appreciation of what each individual brings to the overall goal in rendering care to the client.

This paper will look at the case of an infant born at 26 weeks gestation, admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and the collaboration involved in the day-to-day management and discharge planning of this infant. Which disciplines are involved, and the real or potential barriers to the successful collaboration and teamwork needed to discharge a high-risk infant to a well prepared family.

Case Review

Baby Girl M. was born to a 29 year-old, Gravida 1, Para 1 single mother at 26 weeks gestation after an uncomplicated pregnancy following premature rupture of membranes and rapid dilation of the cervix without labor. Infants' born this premature have multi-system immaturity, requiring care by an extensive multidisciplinary team. The team members are experts in their field; this means that if the team works together, the collective knowledge will be much...