Shortage conditions and a growing emphasis on clinical quality measures have made seamless nurse-physician collaboration essential, yet disruptive behavior, poor communication, and other evidence of tensions between these groups persist. This briefing assists nurse leaders in working with physician leaders to mend broken relationships and strengthen collaborative practice. Beginning with a discussion of the impact of interdisciplinary relations on both nurse and physician satisfaction and on clinical quality, the publication continues with eleven tactics and nine member tools gleaned from hospitals with robust nurse-physician partnerships.
I. The Case for Strengthening Nurse-Physician Relations
II. Revitalizing the Nurse-Physician Relationship
III. Establishing Clinical Collaboration
Appendix: Member Tools and Recommended Reading