Demonstrate the ability to work in teams in interprofessional settings across traditional lines of programs, agencies, disciplines and diverse communities to establish common missions and purposes, and to collaborate with others in decision-making, learning, completing tasks and applying knowledge of group process and group interaction (hhspp 2010).
In my CHHS 450: Introduction to Policy Analysis: I was a part of a policy research team, consisting of 6 members, focused on a social problem for the entire semester. As a team we conducted research around Physician Assisted Dying policy in the great state of Florida and produced a collaborative analysis of the current policy. In addition, we evaluated Florida state legislation surrounding this topic and collectively produced two policy alternatives. While the focus of this assignment was not collaboration, it became a byproduct of the process. Again, this report was developed through the collaborative process of myself and five other team members. We had to communicate openly and honestly, show initiative, and produce quality work. This project took the participation of each team member working towards a common goal. It was difficult at times working with such drastically different personality types and writing levels, but the skills I developed in collaboration will aid me in being a productive participant of future projects. Through my training in collaboration I am now equipped to build consensus and sustain participation within interprofessional groups. I have strengthened my problem solving skills and learned how to better resolve conflict. It was through this policy project that I learned every team we work with is made up of different personalities, so every conflict requires the use of different decision-making strategies and processes relevant to that collaborative group. I am better able to share resources, expertise, and responsibility to achieve a common goal in whatever group I am a part of.
Evidence: Problem Definition Panel Presentation
The following skill was developed and strengthened throughout my education at CSUMB and my field placement. I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it in a professional setting.
Collaboration: While in my field placement I demonstrated collaboration by attending rehab meetings to discuss current and potential obstacles the rehab department was encountering with patients. It was through collaboration that I was able to shed light on patient situations and brainstorm ideas of how to redirect patients and motivate patients for optimal patient care. I also attended family care conferences where I was able to collaborate with patients, their families, and staff on how to accomplish discharge goals and have the most successful transition back home. During my time at Kindred, I was able to collaborate with patients, families, nursing staff, rehab staff, the activities department, and the administrator to work towards a common goal of ensuring every patient was having their needs met and receiving the highest level of care from the facility.