Doctor to nurses: “We can all get along!”

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About three times a month, Brian Secemsky, M.D. writes a blog for the Huffington Post on medicine and various healthcare topics. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because a previous article entitled “Why Every Week Should Be Nurse Appreciation Week” already won us over. Not hard to see why, right?

Well now he’s at it again with his most recent article, “Doctors and Nurses: A Relationship in the Works.” Dr. Secemsky has only been a resident physician since June, and according to his new article, he has already learned the importance of making friends with nurses.

“As I quickly discovered,” he writes, “forming strong working relationships with the nurses that are involved in my patients’ care has become one of the most important objectives since becoming a physician.”

After citing a few studies concerning the working relationship between doctors and nurses, he says he’s learned it’s the personal connection that really makes a difference.

“I found that by simply asking my nurse friends straightforward questions about what irks nurses the most about their workplace relationship with doctors, I got most of the answers I needed to start self-improving on this vital component of patient care,” says Secemsky.

He closes the article by saying, “Next up — what nurses can do to improve this working relationship. I’ll leave that for another writer.”

Any takers? Give Secemsky your best advice in the comments below. We KNOW you won’t be shy! 🙂

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