Babita KC – Registered Nurse

Babita KC is a Registered Nurse working for Calvary Haydon Residential Aged Carewho attended a Placement in June 2021 with many in palliative care in Canberra’s palliative care services. Babita completed a wonderful reflection that overviewed…

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Navneet Kaur – Placement Outcome

Throughout Navneet’s clinical Placement she learned many different aspects of palliative care that she will take back to her facility to educate the nursing staff and care worker staff.  Support for grief services and details for…

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Gabriel Grey – Placement Reflection

Gabriel completed placement and an extensive referenced critical reflection as her report. During Gabriel’s clinical placement, she had the opportunity to accompany a palliative nurse practitioner (NP) to various residential aged care facilities (RACF) in Canberra.…

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Purita Choksuwankit – Placement Outcome

A great placement outcome from Purita. Title What happens at home when patients are discharged with breakthrough SC medications? Objective 1. To improve colleagues’ awareness of ‘Caring at Home’ project, and on how breakthrough subcutaneous (SC)…

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Ruth van ler Schot – Reflection

Ruth completed her placement with PEPA ACT in various sites across healthcare in ACT and Clare Holland house at July 2021.  Ruth’s experiences supported her to have “greater understanding of what is available to palliative patients…

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Doris Mutie – Reflection

My name is Doris Mutie, I am a Kenyan by nationality. I am married with three beautiful daughters.  I have lived in Canberra for about 5 years, after moving to Australia in 2006.  My family and…

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Melissa Willson – Reflection

Having completed my PEPA programme, I feel I am better skilled to care for those with life limiting illnesses and now also have contacts in specialized palliative care services to liaise with when I need advice…

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Kendell Smith – Reflection

Thank you so much for all you taught me over the last 3 days! I have learnt so much and I know it will carry over into my emergency nursing, it already has!! First shift back…

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CoPs provide an environment in which professionals can share their practice experiences, develop and discuss areas of interests and build a sense of community (2).

A community of practice was a term first coined by Etienne Wenger, an education practitioner and academic, who described CoP as “Groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better”. The successful CoP requires members to be participatory and is essentially led by its members. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that the CoP stays relevant, engaging and offers value to the domain of interest (3).

CoPs were initially developed to exchange information and knowledge but more recently are being used as tools to improve clinical and public health practice and to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based practice (2). 

In the healthcare field, CoPs have been promoted as a tool to (4):

  • Cross knowledge boundaries (all healthcare workforce)
  • Generate and manage a body of knowledge for members to draw on (palliative care)
  • Promote standardisation of practice (evidenced based palliative care)
  • Innovate and create new ideas, knowledge and practices 

In developing a CoP, Wegner and colleagues identified three key elements to be included (5,6):

  • Community – to enable interactions, discussions, collaborative activities and relationship building (PEPA Community)
  • Shared domain of interest – a shared purpose or goal of the group (palliative care knowledge, skill and confidence)
  • Shared practice i.e. repertoire of resources, techniques, tools, experiences, processes or practice (palliative care).

For more information about the PEPA CoP Terms of Reference (ToR) click the link at the top of this page

As a PEPA participant completes a placement activity their activity overview (PEPA Completion Form 3 – Workplace Activity Report) it will be written to form a Blog by the PEPA Manager in their state and territory and loaded to the PEPA Placement site for you to comment on later.

  1. Wenger E, McDermott R, Snyder W. Cultivating Communities of Practice: a Guide to Managing knowledge (Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA). Amy HI Lee received the MBA degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in. 2002.
  2. CDC. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/phcommunities/resourcekit/intro/index.html
  3. Wenger E, McDermott R, Snyder WM. Seven principles for cultivating communities of practice. Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge. 2002.
  4. Ranmuthugala G, Plumb JJ, Cunningham FC, Georgiou A, Westbrook JI, Braithwaite J. How and why are communities of practice established in the healthcare sector? A systematic review of the literature. BMC health services research. 2011;11(1):273.
  5. Wenger E. Communities of practice: Learning as a social system. Systems thinker. 1998;9(5):2‐3.
  6. Li LC, Grimshaw JM, Nielsen C, Judd M, Coyte PC, Graham ID. Evolution of Wenger’s concept of community of practice. Implementation Science. 2009;4(1):11.

 

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