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  1. Helen Noble
  1. Queens University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Helen Noble,
    Queens University Belfast, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK; helen.noble{at}

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Clinical guideline publications

Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), Best Practice Guideline Collaborative Practice Among Nursing Teams (will be available by 29 January 2017).

This best practice guideline replaces the Healthy Work Environment guideline, ‘Collaborative Practice Among Nursing Teams’. It was developed to assist the registered nurse (RN), the registered practical nurse (RPN) and the nurse practitioner (NP) working collaboratively to deliver safe effective care to diverse patient populations. Nursing is a profession that requires effective interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships to provide positive outcomes for patients/clients. With the mounting evidence of the importance of these relationships this guideline examines the multiple factors relevant to intraprofessional collaborative practice among nurses that need to be considered to foster healthy work environments, quality patient care and the retention and recruitment of nurses.

Journal article publications

Suva G, Sager S, Santa Mina E, et al. Systematic review: bridging the gap in RPN-to-RN transitions. J Nurs Scholarsh 2015;47:363–70.

The purpose of this paper is to review the evidence examining the influences of successful education and professional role transition for registered practical nurses (RPNs) pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing and registered nurse (RN) licensure through RPN-to-RN bridging programmes. The paper concludes that providing key transition supports may enhance the potential for successful student transition into and throughout a bridging programme, but further research is necessary to enhance this understanding and to recommend best practices for optimising students' success.

Almost J, Wolff AC, Stewart-Pyne A, et al. Managing and mitigating conflict in healthcare teams: an integrative review. J Adv Nurs 2016;72:1490–505.

The purpose of this paper is to review empirical studies examining antecedents (sources, causes, predictors, determinants) in the management and mitigation of interpersonal conflict. The paper identifies the underlying causes of conflict and choice of conflict management style that will help practitioners, leaders and managers …

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