Nurses' perceptions of nurse-physician collaboration in the intensive care units of a public sector hospital in Johannesburg

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dc.contributor.author Bodole, Feggie
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-21T10:26:10Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-21T10:26:10Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8838
dc.description MSc (Nursing), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand en_US
dc.description.abstract Nurses working with critically ill patients in intensive care units (ICUs) have a unique role to play in health care. They spend 24 hours with patients and come into contact with all the disciplines which come to review these patients. Nurses therefore need to effectively collaborate with the multidisciplinary teams, especially physicians, in order to meet patients’ needs and maximise patient care outcomes. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe nurses’ perceptions towards nurse-physician collaboration in the intensive care units. A non experimental descriptive study design was utilised in this study. Data were collected using a questionnaire developed from the Jefferson Scale of Attitude toward Physician-Nurse Collaboration with additional two open-ended questions to cover the rest of the study objectives. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics as well as content analysis. Results showed that nurses working in Intensive Care units (ICUs) had positive attitude towards nurse-physician collaboration regardless of gender, years of working in the ICUs and whether registered intensive critical care nurse or not. The findings also showed that nurses perceive that the process of nurse-physician collaboration in Intensive Care Units provokes a number of challenges, such as superior-subordinate relationships which exist between nurses and physicians, workload and overlapping responsibilities hence, nurses feel inferior, undermined, mostly overwork and become frustrated. However, nurses suggested that promoting team-work; a focus on patient-centered care and staff motivation would assist in creating effective collaborative environment. collaborative environment en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject perception en_US
dc.subject nurse-physician collaboration en_US
dc.subject team collaborative environment en_US
dc.title Nurses' perceptions of nurse-physician collaboration in the intensive care units of a public sector hospital in Johannesburg en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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