Collaboration Insights

Collaboration Insights: A Health Professions Blog for Effective Collaboration is a blog created for students, faculty, and alumni by interprofessional student interns. It is a hub for information on interprofessional education and collaboration: related skill-building, research, professional spotlights, and podcasts.

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The Importance of Curiosity

"When nurses and other healthcare professionals are actively curious, we discover things we would never have learned."

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Engaging Interprofessionally Beyond Your Health Professions Program

Arazu Kian is a third-year Women's Health and Gender-Related Doctor of Nursing Practice (WHGRNP) student. As a second-year intern, she shares her experience with the Interprofessional Internship Program.

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The Power of Vulnerability

Vulnerability: According to the theoretical framework of the vulnerability theory, vulnerability is defined as the characteristic that positions us in relation to each other as human beings and suggests a relationship of responsibility between the state, their institutions, and the individual.

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Asking for Help as a Healthcare Professional

Asking for help is a challenge individuals face in their daily lives. The discomfort that comes with admitting we are unable to complete a task or even to just say the words “I don’t know”. However, when we need help but avoid asking for it, we limit our potential and success. Asking for help is a necessary skill to learn and grow.

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Interprofessional Collaboration’s Effect on an Individual's Wellbeing

Wellbeing and stress are topics frequently discussed regarding health care workers, specifically regarding its effect on patient care. Rob Cooke discusses the implications it can have on an individual's productivity and health care costs: reduced productivity and increased health care costs.

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Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is a discussion that has been frequently discussed in conversations regarding equity and diversity. CEO of Goalkeeper, Valerie Alexander, describes implicit bias as an innate response to an unexpected situation (fight or flight). When a situation arises that is unfamiliar it triggers a stress reaction. This is an uncomfortable feeling, so people tend to surround themselves with others that fit their “norm”.



Many things make you who you are, whether they are inherent or learned from experiences. Personality is just one part of all that makes you act and react the way you do, but understanding it can have a huge impact on how you develop and function in teams.

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Team Cohesion

Team Cohesion is important for teams who require coordination, rely on communication, have intensive interdependence, work in complex task environments, interact virtually, or when efficiency is valued as a performance outcome.