Creating Strong Clinical Networks

Part of the Advanced Practice in Nursing book series (APN)


For the majority of the nurse practitioners, networking is a new phenomenon. Nurse practitioners, as T-shaped professionals who combine general and specific expertise, are in the position to develop strong clinical networks with focus on care and cure. Examples are presented in this chapter. Interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary to achieve quality of care. How can we realize successful collaboration? For an important part, collaboration needs to be learned in practice. A vital part is understanding each other’s practice, identity and drives, but most of all reflection is a crucial competence to become a leader of a network.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Health CareUniversity Groningen, Nursing Research GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Master Advanced Nursing Practice & Department Innovation in the CareHAN University Applied SciencesNijmegenThe Netherlands

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