Do nurses have a role in "educating" physicians in new treatments? Consider the story - page 2

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  1. by   RNPATL
    Roland ... have you considered going to law school after you graduate with your RN? You can certainly make an arugement and that would be highly beneficial as a nurse-lawyer.
  2. by   Dayray
    I strongly agree that Nursing and medicine should have a collaborative relationship. As I become more experienced with health care I have realized that the definition of "collaborative" is (to say the least) ambiguous. Also, the role of nursing has and continues to change rapidly.

    There was a time when nurses were just people off the street that carried out doctor's orders. Nursing education and role has changed rapidly and now in may cases nurses are more involved then the doctors in directing inpatient care.

    Because of these changes it becomes hard to always know what is within the scope of nursing. Questions like the one in the OP are valid and good. Where exactly does the nurse fall in the hierarchy of healthcare? It's a good question with uncertain answers. It depends largely upon the skill level of the nurse, doctor and the attitudes that both of them have toward the subject. Also nursing is a broad field encompassing many other fields where as medicine is much narrower.

    The argument could be made, that nursing encompasses medicine as one of the disciplines we draw from to provide care to patients. If one takes that view then physicians can be viewed as specialists in a discipline where a nurse has a lesser knowledge base. However if one does take that view then nurses would be seen as caring for the whole patients and using doctors as a resource rather then the authority.

    So if you take that view then it is completely appropriate for the nurse to suggest treatment to a physician. However, I can promise you that (no matter how open minded a physician is) they are not going to share this view of nurses.

    That being the case I would suggest that recommendations on treatment be done in a casual and conversational way. You could say something like "Dr. Smith, what do you think about this new research I read about?" if they have seen it then they will tell you what they think. If they haven't then they will ask you about it. You could then say; "do you think something like that would benefit Mr. Jones?"

    If you do things gently you can accomplish your goal without ruffling feathers or raising questions about your scope of practice.
  3. by   NurseyBaby'05
    Quote from gwenith
    Comes back to the saying - if you want entertainment watch a neurosurgeon and a cardiologist argue over a patients' BP
    I just read this thread!

    OMG this is so true!

    Back to the original topic. Sorry for the hijack!