Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Katherine Martin, Ph.D., APRN, CNM

Third Advisor

Wendy Grimshaw, MA, RN, BC


Huddles are an essential component of communication within health care teams. The effectiveness of a huddle consists of the team's ability to achieve two primary goals: psychological safety and effective interprofessional collaboration. Effective collaborative practice requires an environment that has been curated to support high levels of psychological safety. Levels of psychological safety within a team should be assessed to understand potential barriers to collaborative practice. Prior to huddle implementation for this project, the administration of a psychological safety survey revealed an overall diminished sense of psychological safety and diminished collaborative practice. A daily huddle was implemented in an interventional procedural clinic in a large urban hospital in the Midwest, guided by the concepts in Newman's Health as Expanding Consciousness Theory. The goal of the daily huddles was to promote interprofessional collaboration and psychological safety, as well as grow interprofessional relationships and connectivity amongst a team of health care providers working in the interventional procedure clinic. Post-surveys along with regular feedback from the health care team will be used to evaluate the outcomes of the huddle's impact on psychological safety and interprofessional collaboration. A metaphor depicting encircled hands was used to visualize the importance of the health care providers as part of the team, and the effects felt when even just one of them disengages.


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