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Intraprofessional Education Forum


Specializes in Critical and Acute Care Settings.

I am a senior BSN student at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA. I have agreed to speaking at an intraprofessional education forum for a large group of medical students in about 2 and half weeks. I am supposed to discuss the roles and responsibility of nurses as part of the interdisciplinary team as well as the education and training that we go through. Are there any particular subjects or focuses that you believe I should incorporate into the presentation? I have about an hour and would like input from other nurses and nurse practitioners. Thanks for your time!

This is a great opportunity I did the same thing in my second year of med school at the request of a professor due to my having been and at the time still an RN. It is important to focus on the professional role differentiation between physicians and nurses. Nurses are not handmaidens, they have an independent practice and are expected the clarify or refuse improper orders (this surprised them). They were also surprised about the depth of nursing education related to pharmacology A/P and patho. I also emphasized the need for respect and to function as peers in a team role. A physician can not be with a patient 24/7 but nurses are and they keep us (MD's) informed and interven to keep the patient safe. I also pointed out all the other aspect of nursing (non hospital) . When I did my talk intraprofessional was an unused term in Medicine but it is changing. I am on an interdisaplenary work group first time they had a MD, I am there because of my backgroup but my partners are open and see the need to be a team. Hope this helps

NurseOnAMotorcycle, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Emergency, CEN. Has 10 years experience.

Mention to the providers that when they write the orders, the nurses are the ones who make sure they are carried out, either by doing it themselves or organizing the people who are supposed to get it done.

Also, we are some of the first people to let providers know when there is a change in the patients' medical condition.

A good nurse can even use their skills to head off acute changes before they happen if they are wary.


Specializes in Critical and Acute Care Settings.

Thank you MDNurse12 and NurseOnAMotorcycle!