Role preparation for advanced practice nursing: Practicing consultation and collaboration skills

Nurse educators are charged with ensuring that graduates are well prepared to function in the context of an ever-evolving and increasingly complex health care environment. Professional consultation and collaboration skills have been identified as necessary for the advanced practice nurse, yet teaching such skills can be a challenge. In 1995, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) first identified communication, collaboration, and consultation as essential content in the advanced practice nursing curriculum.