Mentoring the DNP and Interprofessional Collaboration

Posted on: October 8th, 2021 by William David Wagner

Professional roles in health care are determined and influenced largely by state and federal laws and regulations, professional associations, and the organizations in which health care professionals practice (Ulrich, 2021). The advantage of mentorship provides the student with insight to scope of practice, organizational knowledge, and skills which are essential in interprofessional collaboration. The mentor has access to various professionals within the health care organization that are critical to utilize when collaboration is required for projects. The ability of an organization to collaborate or work together to provide optimal patient outcomes are core values that all health care facilities strive for. As an interactive, facilitative process intended to encourage learning and development, mentorship has the capability of minimizing transition shock of (DNP’s) into their newfound roles (Dreher & Glasgow, 2017).
State of Mentoring
The current organization has immersed me in numerous collaborative teams, allowing me the experience and opportunity to understand and participate within these meetings. Nursing employees are required to participate in a week long orientation that includes multiple days on a cloud based EHR solution. The DNP mentorship allows a student to work with and collaborate extensively with other DNPs within the organization, gaining insight into their role and leadership skills. Visionary leaders include the chief nursing officer (CNO)of the organization, have committed to supporting and sponsoring DNP students. A component of the DNP learning progression is deliberate decision-making practices. Forward planning by the mentee and mentor through designing appropriate interventions and guidance can optimize the DNP’s progression and increase their competency in the desired areas (Dreher & Glasgow, 2017).
Interprofessional collaboration is practiced continuously within the organization. the current surge in patient population within the facility due to COVID, has highlighted the importance of collaboration within the professions. All phases of patient care require multiple professional resources from nurses to doctors, APRNs, respiratory therapists, and other health care professionals, to help manage patient care and improve health outcomes of these patients. Collaborating teams meet constantly to assess patient care and monitor goals to decide if the current plan is effective or if revisions are required.
Challenges and Gaps
The current challenge remains dealing with COVID and the draining of valuable resources in staff and lost financial revenue. The facility is hiring nurses and employing agency nurses to help supplement the workforce. Mental fatigue is evident within the organization but an end to the pandemic is hard to forecast. All employees within the organization are focused on getting through each day as it comes.
Gaps within the mentorship program result from lack of an organizational mentoring program. The organization has not developed a mentoring curriculum to implement. This benefits both the mentor and mentee because of the specific responsibilities and objectives that should be accomplished.
Implementing Change
The ability to develop online training programs and organizational goals is beneficial for the student. It provides the background to promote effective role integration and role growth of DNPs. Implementing specific DNPs within the organization to provide mentorship and create a specialized program will enhance the learning experiences of these students. Organizations that promote, facilitate, and expect communication, collaboration, teamwork, respect, accountability, and a focus on patient care create cultures and environments in which interprofessional teamwork and collaboration can thrive (Ulrich, 2021). Interprofessional teamwork and collaboration are the keys to providing safe, high-quality, and accessible health care to individuals and populations (Ulrich, 2021).
As leaders within organizations, DNPs continually assess and develop practice knowledge. Receiving feedback from current DNPs, provides DNP students valuable insight and direction in supporting concepts that are discussed. Your feedback is appreciated.
Dreher, H.M., & Glasgow, M. S. (2017). DNP role development for doctoral advanced nursing practice (2nd ed.). Springer.
Ulrich, B. (2021). Interprofessional teamwork and collaboration-Working together for the good of the patient. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 48(2), 109, 114.

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