There is going to have to be more pedagogical osmosis between nurses and physicians.
What is “pedagogical osmosis”?
Just a fancy phrase for redesigning medical and nursing education.
Nurses need to have more education about the sciences and ways of thinking undermining medical knowledge and practice.
Physicians need to have a more profound understanding of healthcare communications, people-skills and a patient-centric appreciation for how needles, tests and bad news feel.
The Crimean War ended a longtime ago.
Sadly, the military-industrial frame-of-mind it engendered in healthcare persists in today’s academic and practicing institutions.
It’s not easy to unthink entrenched patterns that cause the wrong behaviors.
But it needs to be done.