Physicians have always had an intense training process from their early preliminary education and on through out their residency programs . At times, extreme demands have been added to the training process of physicians in an attempt to weed out those applicants who most likely will be unable to competently complete the residency program. Many have struggled through long clinical hours to just “survive” in order to finally take the Hippocratic oath.
Physicians learn the most while they are in the trenches of health care with nurses at their side, the way it has been for many generations. The physician’s training is an on going process during their life as physicians.It is expected to be never ending, with demands that are now even greater in order to keep up the progress in health care.
Professional nurses often see the one area that has the potential for the greatest improvement. The goal to improving communication and fostering positive professional relationships should be included in the doctor’s training process. Practicing nurses and physicians have long recognized challenges in this area. The support for collaborative efforts in both joint education of professional nurses and physicians would be ideal. If it began in the the early years of residency then both professions would benefit. What better way is there to understand each other ?
For many years there have been joint seminars and symposiums in the specialty areas of health care. There is a collective empowerment that can take place in the pursuit of the latest knowledge. Those in advanced studies are best suited to be involved in setting up programs that would unite rather than divide the professions.
Nurses in specialty areas of care, have long ago struggled to deliver patient care collaboratively with physicians. Joint participation in Grand Rounds and patient reviews, presents opportunities for both professions to learn. Team leaders in hospital settings have encouraged the implementation of daily rounding with physicians at the bedside of their patients. Observations are then shared, orders clarified and questions answered.This practice would also help the nurse and the physician by decreasing calls to the office of the physician. This is an opportunity to promote collegiality and fosters a more healthy working environment.
There have been on going debates on why this effort has sometimes been difficult for physicians and nurses in some health care institutions. I t has yet to be fully reconciled. Individual demands of each role often must take precedent.
The time has come, when we all need to acknowledge that professionals that are united in the area of health care, hold stronger ground, than those that are divided by long outgrown attitudes. The last outdated thought to pass is from the primitive past of the “female” or nurse’s role as being subservient.
Health care is changing rapidly and is in transition as we speak. As nurses and physicians; we are each dependent on the growth and development of each other. In order to be successful at meeting the demands of our society, and to maintain optimum patient care. Each of us as professionals would serve each other well by doing every thing we can to contribute to a more harmonious environment for our practice.
As the nursing profession supports and respects the long standing hierarchy in the role that the physician holds. Your leadership, is especially needed at this time. While advanced practitioners have long been part of the evolving role as health care givers. Physicians who had earlier resisted nurses advancing footsteps, have made great strides, and this has made even more room for all professionals at their side.
Health care today dictates the need for the ongoing efforts toward team work in the medical profession. We as professionals in health care are no threat to each other . As nurses, we stand by you, sharing knowledge as we grow in our professional roles as nurses and physicians.