Fostering Intraprofessional Collaboration: The APNA Janssen Scholars Workplace Violence Workgroup
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Creating workgroups is beneficial to individuals, institu-tions, and professional organizations; however barriers exist that prevent formation or effective functioning. Obstacles may include lack of professional interest or expertise, time constraints, work overload, or geographi-cal distance. A model for intraprofessional online col-laboration may be one method of bridging this gap and bringing people together to form a cohesive workgroup. In November 2011, APNA (American Psychiatric Nurses Association) leadership called on current and former Janssen Scholars to form a workgroup. The mission was to dive into workplace violence and create a report brief for submission to the APNA Board of Directors. The culmination of this work produced several insights for its members: a deeper understanding of the researched topic, techniques for connecting over long distances, and newly found commitments to professional growth. As the global community of psychiatric nurses grows, taking the opportunity to connect with others in order to form pro-fessional workgroups will be increasingly important. Workgroups offer an expansive and creative venue for the endorsement and dissemination of evidence-based psychiatric nursing practice by involving professionals from various regions and institutions in a common review of current evidence. Linking with others across the coun-try will lead to the advancement of mental health nursing and professional growth.
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