Is Nursing Perceived as a Professional Partner With Other Disciplines
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Poor communication between health professionals is not only associated with a rise in mortality but with increase length of hospital stay and higher hospital readmission rates. Healthcare professionals need to focus on communication and the facilitation of effective communication and for professional societies to set standards and communicate to members the importance of securing the safety of patients.
) Collaboration between physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals increases team members’ awareness of each others’ type of knowledge and skills, leading to continued improvement in decisionmaking. (Christensen C, Larson JR. 1993;13:339–46) Effective teams are characterized by trust, respect, and collaboration. Deming8 is one of the greatest proponents of teamwork. Teamwork, he believes, is endemic to a system in which all employees are working for the good of a goal, who have a common aim, and who work together to achieve that aim.
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