Virtual Interprofessional Educator Resource (VIPER)

Interprofessional Care Processes

This is a complete education package for learning the care processes of Rapid Rounds, Bedside Shift Report, and Patient Bedside Whiteboards. It was produced as a joint initiative between Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta, in partnership with Covenant Health, and funded by Alberta Health. For further information about this initiative, please contact the project co-leads: Dr. Sharla King  and Dr. Esther Suter.

Module 1: Collaborative Practice

Working in teams is not a new concept in healthcare, so why the current emphasis? This module explores the rationale for collaborative practice, the evidence to support it, and the organizations driving the change. (Approx. 10 minutes.)

The What, Why, and How of Collaborative Practice (interactive elearning)
The What, Why, and How of Collaborative Practice (PDF version)
Module 1 Further Reading

Module 2: Rapid Rounds

Rapid Rounds are a form of efficient, daily, interprofessional communication. Rapid Rounds provide an important communication and planning tool for all the providers involved in patient care. This module explains the cornerstones of Rapid Rounds, individual and team roles, and the structure and content of the rounds. It also contains questions to assist in planning for Rapid Rounds. (Approx. 20 minutes.)

The What, Why, and How of Rapid Rounds (interactive elearning)
The What, Why, and How of Rapid Rounds (PDF version)
Module 2 Further Reading

Module 3: Bedside Shift Report and Patient Bedside Whiteboards

This module focuses on the What, Why, and How of Bedside Shift Report and Patient Bedside Whiteboards. This module emphasizes effective and efficient transfer of care at the bedside involving the patient in the conversation and demonstrates how to use the Patient Bedside Whiteboard for communication between health care providers and patient and family and caregivers. It also reviews how to incorporate a safety check during report and how to best use the Patient Bedside Whiteboard. (Approx. 25 minutes.)

The What, Why, and How of Bedside Shift Report and Patient Bedside Whiteboards (interactive elearning)
The What, Why, and How of Bedside Shift Report and Patient Bedside Whiteboards (PDF version)
Module 3 Further Reading

Module 4: Stocking Your Collaborative Practice Tool Kit

This facilitated session focuses on developing individual skills for collaborative practice. It includes tools to assist staff to be clear, quick, and effective; advocate with clarity; and move towards consensus. Participants learn the tools and practice using them.

Stocking Your Collaborative Practice Tool Kit (PowerPoint)
Stocking Your Collaborative Practice Tool Kit User Guide (PDF)

Module 5: Refining Your Collaborative Practice Skills

This facilitated session emphasizes team skills. It includes evidence-based tools for constructing feedback and debriefing a team activity or process. This module contains role playing activities, providing an opportunity for authentic practice of the care processes in an authentic environment where all the tools can be used to demonstrate competence in collaborative, patient-centred practice.

Refining Your Collaborative Practice Skills (PowerPoint)
Refining Your Collaborative Practice Skills User Guide (PDF)

Module 6: Interprofessional Care Processes Simulations

This simulation guide is written for facilitators and contains information on how to run simulation activities (or "sims") related to Rapid Rounds and Bedside Shift Report. Each sim consists of a pre-brief to set the scene, the simulation activity itself, and a debrief. All of the preparation details (e.g. standardized patient script, props, room set up, etc.) are included. It is advised that if you have access to simulation expertise (e.g. e-SIM at Alberta Health Services), to work with the simulation educators to run the simulation. If you do not have access to simulation expertise, the information provided will help you get started.

Interprofessional Care Processes Simulations (PDF)

Educator Guide

This educator guide supports site educators and learning facilitators to implement the interprofessional care processes. The first section of this guide provides important background information to support collaborative practice (workplace learning and interprofessional competencies), and details about the structure and core components of the learning materials package. Subsequent sections provide guidance on how to deliver the modules, learning objectives for each, and materials to support successful facilitation.

Educator Guide (PDF)

Handouts

Bedside Shift Report (BSR) Nursing Checklist (PDF)
Physician's Role (PDF)
Your Role in Bedside Shift Report (PDF)
Your Role in Rapid Rounds (PDF)

Collaborative Practice Tool Kit

High-resolution poster (PDF, 124 x 108 cm or 49 x 43 in, 7 MB)
Low-resolution handout (PDF, 8 x 11 in, 250 KB)