Interprofessional Communication Conflicts: A Case Study

According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures (2015), “cancer is the second leading cause of death among children aged 0-14 years of age. Mortality rates for child-hood cancer have declined by 67% over the past four decades, from 6.3 (per 100,000) in 1970 to 2.1 in 2011. The substantial progress in reducing childhood cancer mortality is largely attributable to improvements in treatment and high rates of participation in clinical trials” (p.11). With the increased rates of survival, more children and adolescents are living into adulthood. Many of them experience psychological distress which can extend into adulthood and adversely affect their long-term survival.
During adolescence, individuals are establishing their identity
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Plan for Interprofessional Communication Conflicts
Describe a plan for preventing or addressing interprofessional communication conflicts.
Nursing Role
Nurses are trained to be advocates for their patients. As a graduate prepared nurse, the increased scope of knowledge gained through a higher education enhances the nurse’s ability to advocate for patients, families and communities. According to Hanks (2010), “levels of education in practicing nurses affected perceived assertiveness that may affect the ability to advocate. Higher degree attainment was associated with autonomy, in which increased education is thought to be a liberating force to be able to advocate freely” (p. 99). Nurses will be better prepared to participate in individual and community initiatives advocating health promotion. In the stress management health promotion plan, the graduate prepared nurse can serve as a coordinator of care on the interdisciplinary team. The nurse coordinator will communicate with the patient and facilitate appointments with the nurse practioner, the oncologist and the clinical psychologist, as well as necessary labs and tests ordered by the multidisciplinary

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