This book answers these questions and is designed to offer nursing students a comprehensive introduction to and foundation in interprofessional practice. Chapters will help the student nurse understand the reasons behind the changing face and redesign of many services in health and social care, and their own role in the emerging interprofessional partnerships and teams.
Chapter 2: Nursing and Multi-Professional Practice
Nursing and Multi-Professional Practice
By reading this chapter you should be able to:
- define the professional discipline of nursing
- describe the role of the nurse in supporting patients, service users and carers
- recognise what makes nursing distinctive in the multi-professional team setting
- move towards a further understanding of the tensions nurses face in the multi-professional health care setting
- reflect on the type and focus of multi-professional action in nursing practice through a case study example
- access website links to learn more about the profession of nursing.
Cooperation with others within the team is one of the central pillars of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's Code of Professional Practice (NMC, 2004). The code makes clear that nurses must not only respect the skills, expertise and contribution of their colleagues but ...