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) 

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Mapping out Future Journeys

This relatively inexpensive program provided potentially long-lasting benefits. Pairing residents with nurses is primarily an issue of gaining buy-in and coordinating schedules. NFAD highlights the benefits of physicians and nurses serving as co-captains steering patient care. Findings from our project highlight the importance of interprofessional training for residents early in their careers to facilitate interprofessional communication and collaboration by cultivating understanding essential for both physicians and nurses. As one physician participant shared, "I could never have known the physical marathon, complexity, and emotional fulfillment of my colleague's job without spending a day in the life." Overall, the program was so well received that we run it annually.