Interdisciplinary professional development has the potential to increase collaboration and coordination in patient care. For example, the common interest in patient safety and wellness characterizes both nurses and pharmacists. Despite this, they do not often spend time together. They often do not understand the terminology of the other. An open communication channel may not yet exist. Ongoing, annual professional development requirements of all healthcare professionals can be a focal point for interaction, and social learning. Such learning can focus on patient centered care for interdisciplinary health professionals, while increasing their comfort with one another.
As highly trained health professionals, there are things that we do not know that we do not know about other specializations. By interacting with one another, dialogue and collaborative solutions may result. As a first step, simply look to see if such interdisciplinary learning events are already happening in your community. If not, advocate for interdisciplinary learning events. Nurses at all levels and areas, pharmacists, social workers, physicians, therapists, and others are on the same team. We all want better patient outcomes, and a greater focus on preventing disease and avoiding errors. It takes diverse areas of specialization to support human health. By working together, in the relative safety of a workshop or learning session, a channel of communication can be cultivated.