In the nursing field, I see interdisciplinarity used in all sorts of situations, one situation that stands out to me was during my time as a precepting nurse in a hospital. It was time for morning meeting meaning that we got together in a group and discussed the plan of action for each patient that day. That group of people consisted of the medical doctor for that floor, the physical therapist, the occupational therapist, the nurses, respiratory therapist, social workers, and the nurse’s aides. Each would go over where they are at with each patient and the next step with their plan of care. Then we would discuss how we could help the other disciplines to get the best results for each patient. This could consist of timing out each person’s visit so none overlap as well as planning to give pain medicine to a patient prior to physical therapy so they could get the best results. There are both aspects of interdisciplinarity and multi-disciplinarity at play here. Interdisciplinarity by timing each disciplines visit with the patients to create a seamless flow of work through the fields and also multi-disciplinarity because you can see the different work that the disciplines are doing while still leading toward the goal of obtaining the best outcome for the patient.
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