Monday, April 11, 2011

3 Thoughts on Doctor/Nurse Teamwork

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Just three random thoughts on doctor/nurse teamwork:
  1. If the doctor and nurse sit near each other, in the same area where the patients are roomed, communication is infinitely better.  We so often rely on technology to communicate with each other, when quick, natural face-to-face discussions are more effective.
  2. If the doctor and nurse see the patient together, there is more opportunity for shared understanding, and potentially, even collaborative diagnosis and plan-of-care development...that is, if the culture in your hospital allows for that sort of thing.
  3. If the doctor and nurse work side-by-side in similar attire, there is increased potential for confusion from patients on who is the doctor and who is the nurse.  Somewhat silly, but not a trivial point.
Your thoughts?