DNP Scholarly Projects


Background: Nursing engagement in interprofessional collaboration leads to safe and quality healthcare for patients. In order to effectively engage in interprofessional collaboration, nursing students must socialize among healthcare providers from various disciplines. Purpose: The purpose of this project was to examine pre-licensure nursing students’ beliefs and attitudes towards interprofessional socialization and collaboration following their participation in interdisciplinary rounds in an intensive care unit (ICU) setting. Methods: A mixed-methods, cross-sectional design was used to collect data from undergraduate nursing students at a private university. Following an ICU clinical rotation, participants completed the Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Survey-21 (ISVS-21) and two qualitative questions. Results: Thirty-one nursing students from the entire sample (N = 33) reported they were able to participate in interdisciplinary rounds. Although not statistically significant, results suggested those with prior exposure to interprofessional activities and who participated in rounds had a higher mean ISVS-21 score. Feelings of intimidation were highlighted as a barrier to participation. The following themes emerged from reflective questions: nursing role in patient advocacy, better understanding of the nursing role and roles of other team members, awareness of the value of interdisciplinary rounds, and teamwork. Conclusion: For new graduate nurses to succeed in their new role, they need interprofessional educational experiences that focus on interprofessional collaboration and socialization skills. Findings highlight positive outcomes from active participation in interprofessional collaboration in the clinical setting, although barriers are still present. Further research is warranted to identify ways to alleviate the intimidation factor and better prepare nursing students for transition into the workplace as registered nurses.


Spring 4-19-2022

First Advisor

Dr. Kathryn Dambrino

Second Advisor

Dr. David Phillippi

Scholarly Project Team Member

Dr. Jamie Adam


Nursing, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type

Scholarly Project


Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


interprofessional socialization, interprofessional collaboration, pre-licensure nursing students, interprofessional education, interdisciplinary rounds

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