Nursing

Blog spotlight: All I’m asking is for a little respect

Nurse Leader Insider, February 27, 2012

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It's no secret that nurses and physicians do not always maintain the friendliest interactions, and occasionally nurse-physician relations can become downright hostile. Poor relationships between nurses and physicians can lead to communication issues, increased errors, and a lower quality of patient care. Although both parties might feel as though they are behaving cordially, a recent industry survey by HealthLeaders Media revealed a disconnect between nurses and physicians when asked about disrespect and physician abuse. While 42% of nurse leaders felt that disrespect of nurses was common, only 13% of physicians perceived disrespect as a common occurrence.

Communication issues seem to be the major cause for the disparate perceptions of disrespect toward nurses, according to the survey. For example, physicians who are looking to save time and want to hear only key data tend to interrupt or cut off nurses giving a more detailed report. Physicians often don't realize their actions may be perceived as rude or disrespectful, according to HealthLeaders Media.

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