In 2006, the Ottawa Hospital sought to develop a Nurse Response Team (NRT) to improve the nursing performance and communication with the community and other health professionals within and outside their institution. At the beginning of the initiative, organizers of the NRT recognized the socio-cultural challenges linked to ethnicities of the population, the need for comprehensive literature to support intervention and the need for validation of research literature. It became apparent that academic, healthcare and community nursing professionals all had significant input that had to be considered (Gay et al, 2006).
Similarly, Priest (2004) concluded that nursing educators should have the experience of the three settings. In her study that focused on the definition of nursing practice standards for rural settings, she concluded that academic, healthcare and community experience were critical in reinforcing the authority, practical and public credibility of educators particularly for the general public. When there is any deficiency, the perception of competence is adversely affected which compromises learning and collaboration from students or respondents.
The effectiveness of education interventions and programs benefited from the research experience of academics, the practice experience of healthcare professionals and the communication network of those working with the community. Thus, nurse educators that conducted seminars or orientations for the public and other health professionals were tasked to gain the competencies of all the settings mentioned.
Any advantage one may is not so much because one setting is inferior to another but results from limited collaboration of the other settings into practice (Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow, 2004). This has also been evident in nursing intervention and programs that have emphasized the importance of either settings. Brazill (2004) reflects that collaborative approaches do not only afford better health services but also create the conditions for developing effective nursing professionals. Thus, the nurse experience settings whether as academics, healthcare professionals or working with communities, have skills and capacities that afford nurse educators critical competencies for effectivity.
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