Collaboration is one of the 11 practice standards outlined in the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Scope and Standards for Adult-Gerontology and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners that acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) must uphold. For each of the 11 standards, there are 3 to 10 competencies that ACNPs are expected to demonstrate. For instance, there are 4 competencies clustered around the communication standard, including building relationships, collaboration, coordination, and mentoring. Although these standards are not unique to the ACNP role, the ACNP has a responsibility to seek out opportunities to demonstrate collaboration intra-professionally and interprofessionally. The COVID-19 pandemic diminished collaboration in acute and critical care; social distancing was necessary, and isolation was a fact of professional life. ACNPs were among the frontline workers helping patients affected by the pandemic. Yet as the virus becomes part of the new normal and restrictions are lifted, collaboration is perhaps more...

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