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Leadership: Interprofessional Collaboration

Course Code: NURS 2215
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course, students are introduced to the role and responsibilities of nurses and other health professionals working together as members of an interprofessional collaborative team. Development of the competencies and commitment required for interprofessional collaborative practice and comprehensive client-centered care is emphasized. Major course concepts include team building, shared leadership, and interprofessional interaction.

Course Content

In this course, nurses and other health professionals working together as an interprofessional collaborative team is the focus of discussion. Concepts and essential content that will be addressed relative to these topics are listed below. In addition, the core curriculum concepts are integrated into this course.

Client-centered care

Interprofessional collaboration

  • Definitions
    • Multidisciplinary practice models
    • Interdisciplinary practice models
    • Collaborative care models
  • Improved health outcomes
  • Continuity of care
  • Interprofessional teams
  • Unique and shared competencies
    • Role clarification
  • Power
  • Ethics
  • Sharing nursing perspectives
  • Participation
  • Shared planning
  • Shared decision-making and problem solving
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Quality improvement

Trends, issues and barriers

  • Profession-centrism
  • Professional cultural
  • Professional cultural change

Cultural competence

  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Cultural safety

Team Functioning

  • Group dynamics
  • Team development
  • Team maintenance
  • Teamwork/team effectiveness
  • Interdependent professional relationships

Collaborative Leadership

  • Facilitation
  • Negotiation
  • Shared leadership
  • Consensus building

Knowledge, skills and attitudes for interprofessional collaboration

  • Respect
  • Diversity
  • Critical reflection
  • Interprofessional interaction
    • Confidence
    • Assertiveness
    • Flexibility
    • Shared meaning
    • Trust
    • Consultation and referral
    • Information and communication technology

Methods of Instruction

It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through a variety of learning processes such as role-play and interaction analysis, case based studies, group project work and analysis, and use of electronic resources.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  A course evaluation schedule and other course evaluation information are provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.  This is a graded course. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the competency and commitment that fosters interprofessional collaborative practice and supports comprehensive cohesive client-centered care.
  • Critically reflect on and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes that facilitate effective team functioning for the provision of safe client care and improved health outcomes.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the unique disciplinary contribution of all health professionals, and patients and family in health care planning and decision-making.
  • Reflect on factors that facilitate and constrain interprofessional collaboration in contemporary nursing practice settings and consider implications for the development of interprofessional collaborative practice.

course prerequisites

NURS 2111 AND NURS 2112 AND NURS 2113 AND NURS 2114 AND NURS 2116

Students in the BSN program are required to maintain a passing grade of 65% (C+) in all courses in order to progress in the program.


NURS 2211 AND NURS 2212 AND NURS 2213 AND NURS 2217

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.