|Continuing Nursing Education
Interdisciplinary Collaboration and the Electronic Medical Record
Shayla D. Green
Joan D. Thomas
To examine interdisciplinary collaboration via electronic medical
records (EMRs) with a focus on physicians’ perception of nursing
Design: Quality improvement project using a survey instrument.
Location: Tertiary care pediatric hospital.
Participants: Thirty-seven physicians.
Outcome Measure: Physicians perceptions of nursing documentation after EMR implementation
Physicians desire nursing documentation with greater clarity and
additional information. Physicians indicate checklists alone for
patient assessment and intervention data are insufficient for effective
nurse/physician collaboration. Narrative nursing summaries are
invaluable references that guide medical treatment decisions.
Physicians see detailed assessments and well-described interventions of
nurses’ as critical to their ability to effectively practice medicine.
Health care technology is called to develop EMRs that enable nurses to
document detailed patient data in a swift and straightforward manner.
Joint collaboration between nurses, physicians, and technology
specialists is recommended to develop effective EMR systems.