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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 19-25

Health care collaboration model: A synchronized relationship

Principal, Pal College of Nursing & Medical Sciences, Nainital, India

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In the scenario of nursing students’ clinical learning, clinical supervisor is the key person to orchestrate health care collaboration. With this thought, a pilot project was initiated to examine the feasibility of a ‘Health Care Collaboration Model’, connecting nursing education, research, and service. Modified action research approach and a descriptive exploratory survey design were adopted to discover the perceptual worlds of the major actors, such as, nursing teachers, nursing students and clinical nurses of a 250 bedded multi-specialty health care institution of Uttarakhand, regarding clinical supervision, clinical competency and holistic health care in the perspective of a ‘Health Care Collaboration Model’. The views of all categories of health care professionals about the model were obtained so as to get a total picture of the perception of the health team about the model. Focus-group discussion and brain storming methods were used to initiate the study process. A questionnaire, an observation checklist, rating scale and an opinionnaire were used to collect data for a period of 29 days. The result showed the differences in perceptions of nursing teachers, nursing students and clinical nurses regarding clinical supervision, clinical competency, and holistic health care, in the perspective of a ‘Health Care Collaboration Model’. Performance of the nursing personnel in all three aspects was below mean, showing inadequate effectiveness of care (according to the maxims of ‘Health Care Collaboration Model’). Quantified views of health care personnel about the merits and demerits of the ‘Health Care Collaboration Model’ revealed that nursing students, teachers, and patients had more positive thinking about the model than other personnel working in the clinical areas. The project report has acknowledged the limitations which would have affected the outcome. Yet the ‘gap’ between nursing education and nursing practice was overt throughout the study. It is suggested that all health professionals and society should come together through a synchronized relationship to make this model a reality, as this can be one of the best solution to control the alarming situation of general health status of our people and improve holism in providing care.

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