In an effort to promote better communication between physicians and nurses, Universities like UCLA are introducing courses in which nursing and medical students study and train together. This environment emphasizes mutual respect and instills a better understanding about their roles.
These innovative programs are designed to encourage collaboration and improved communication between future physicans and nurses in the clinical setting. Assessment tools are being developed to guage the effectiveness of this new educationalapproach.
Initial results for the students are positive. The ultimate goal is to reduce communication-related errors while increasing patient safety. How can your hospital benefit from improved communication and team-building between physicians and nurses? Find out in this Hospital Impact article. http://www.hospitalimpact.org/index.php/2013/07/05/interprofessional_education_the_answer_t