Fostering Nurse–Physician Collaboration Through Shared Experience: An Innovative Program Fosters Appreciation for Nurses

Sarah Low, MSN, RN, OCN, CMSRN; Emily Gray, MSN, RN-BC; Amanda Ewing, MD, FACP; Patricia Hain, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, FACHE; Linda Kim, PhD, MSN, RN, PHN, CPHQ


Am Nurs Journal. 2022;17(2) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Interprofessional collaboration is the boat that keeps patient safety afloat. Unfortunately, we've all seen that boat flounder in rough seas. Teamwork and mutual role understanding serves as the best guide to smoother waters.

Robust collaboration leads to the best care quality, including patient safety outcomes, patient satisfaction, cost savings, and reduced nurse burnout. According to The Joint Commission, communication failure is one of the most common root causes for sentinel events (an adverse event causing serious harm or death). Obstacles to nurse–physician collaboration include limited knowledge of the other's role, hierarchy, differing goals, and incivility. For these reasons, the World Health Organization and The Joint Commission have recommended interprofessional training to improve patient outcomes.