Saturday, May 17, 2008

Can't We All Just Get Along?

I have been thinking about a post that I read recently about trying to improve doctor/nurse relations and the person's director said that nurses should pay more attention to what doctors like to eat or drink. Maybe nurses should go back to being the handmaidens? I don't think so!

I think to improve doctor/NP/nursing relationships, we need to respect one another and each other's differences first. Giving us bribes of coffee, chocolate, sodas etc. really won't change our moods. All we want is to have the right information at the right time for the right patient in a relevant manner. Nurses need to also remember that as primary care providers, we are responsible for hundreds of patients. We have to keep them all figured out and know what's going on most of the time with very little information. That's why it's important for you to give us the short and sweet info (the really important info!). We've already had several calls and taken care of several loose ends before your call happened.

Not too hard???

We Doctors and NPs also need to remember what it's like out there taking care of 7-10+ patients on the floor, along with dealing with the families and the upper management at the same time for 12 hour stretches. If we all work together, things will move smoothly and the MOST important things will happen.

We won't hate each other and the patients will be taken care of and be healthy.

P.S. Sorry I haven't updated in a little while. I've been busy playing with Sitepal over at my other NP place.

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