In the know: Taking the pulse of physicians

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, May 24, 2010

Taking the pulse of physician relationships is a good starting point for change. Doing so allows you to dissect the current relationships in your facility and make sense of the problems you face.

Relationships are complex and dynamic. Although we cannot control physicians' perceptions, we always have control over how we respond to them. Take a minute to think about the physicians with whom you work, or the physicians with whom you wish you had a better relationship. One relationship might be one of five categories: Collegial, negative, neutral, teacher-student, or collaborative, or a mix of some or all. Because each relationship is different, remember that the best way to improve nurse-physician relationships is one relationship at a time.

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