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  1. Copeland, Donna DNP, RN, NE-BC, CPN, CPON, AE-C
  2. Miller, Kristina DNP, RN, PCNS-BC, CNE
  3. Clanton, Clista BA, MSLS


Evidence-based practice (EBP), communication, and interprofessional collaboration are all essential for safe, quality care. As members of the interprofessional team, nurse leaders are in a unique position to advance patient safety with a strategic plan, infrastructure, resources, reporting structure, and recognition program to guide the way. Leaders of a 152-bed children's and women's hospital formed an academic-practice partnership to create an interprofessional council to foster the principles of collaboration and EBP among frontline staff.