Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Partnering with People

Nursing in Collaborative Environments

Today’s health care environment requires providers of health services to increase their ability to deliver safe and effective care that is both accessible and affordable. Doing so means ensuring that health human resources in general, and nursing human resources in particular, are used in a collaborative manner that maximizes their utilization and is in keeping with their applicable scope of practice.

Collaborative practice requires clients, employers, RPNs, RNs and LPNs to work together to determine how to best meet the needs of clients requiring nursing services through the appropriate utilization of nursing practitioners. Everyone involved in establishing collaborative practice must be knowledgeable about the needs of the clients, the practice environment, the way care is provided, and the roles and responsibilities of the various nursing practitioners.

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