Warshawski, Sigalit. “The State of Collaborative Work with Nurses in Israel: A Mixed Method Study.” International Journal of Health Planning and Management (early view; online first).
Effective collaboration among health professionals is associated with patient safety, quality of care and professionals’ satisfaction. Nurse–physician collaboration has been a topic of substantial research worldwide. In Israel, few studies have examined this subject, but none has explored health professionals’ collaborative practice with nurses, although nursing in Israel is experiencing significant professional changes.
The aim of this study was to explore health professionals’ attitudes toward collaboration with nurses and how these attitudes relate to their perceptions of role overlap, role clarity and feeling of threat.
Research data were collected employing both quantitative and qualitative methods. A structured questionnaire was fulfilled by 262 participants, following which 12 personal interviews and 12 observations were conducted in hospital wards.
Participants’ attitudes toward collaboration with nurses were found statistically related to their perception of role overlap, role clarity and feeling of professional threat. Interviews and observations indicated immediate mutual assistance among professionals instead of collaborative practice. Interactions were brief and purposeful. The results highlight the absence of an organized procedure for collaborative practice with nurses. Therefore, it is necessary to act at the organization and departments, to assimilate nurses’ role and the importance of collaborative practice. Nurse leaders and nurse educators must consider pragmatic and effective means to promote and articulate nurses’ role in inter-professional clinical settings.