Many of us have experienced the incredible sense of satisfaction that results from being involved in meaningful interdisciplinary experiences in which the whole was truly greater than the sum of the parts. Magic happened as each individual brought their unique perspective, knowledge and skills to solve a problem.

Collaboration is defined as:

  • a mutually beneficial and well-defined relationship entered into by two or more individuals or organizations to achieve common goals
  • shared responsibility
  • mutual authority and accountability
  • sharing of resources and rewards

So…why collaborate?

As Hopkins physicians, collaboration is one of the four pillars of The Promise of Medicine. These four pillars: hope, innovation, human connection and collaboration, distinguish Johns Hopkins Medicine from other hospitals and health systems.

As Hopkins’ nurses we are committed to the highest quality, patient-centered care and that commitment requires collaborative interaction and knowledge sharing among health care professionals. We move beyond profession-specific expertise to respectfully engage and influence our leadership, colleagues and inter-professional partners in exploring a variety of governance, planning, quality, education, care and research issues, always seeking to optimize participation in this these interactions by patients and their families.

“When multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families…and communities, they deliver higher quality care,” the World Health Organization, 2010.

Join us as we collaboratively improve the Hopkins experience! Look for Collaborative Corner blog updates the first Tuesday of every month.

-The Collaborative Practice Committee:

  • Carrie Herkze, Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Operations
  • Hailey James, Assistant Administrator for Inpatient Operations
  • Neysa Ernst, Nurse Manager, Halsted 4 Medical Nursing
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