Nurse-Physician Workplace Collaboration

Linda L. Lindeke, PhD, RN, CNP, and Ann M. Sieckert, BAN, RN



Maximizing nurse-physician collaboration holds promise for improving patient care and creating satisfying work roles.

Purpose/Goal: To describe strategies that will facilitate effective nurse-physician collaboration. First the nature and the benefits of collaborative communication will be reviewed. This review will be followed by a discussion of self-development, team-development, and communication-development strategies that can enhance nurse-physician collaboration.


1. Describe the benefits of nurse-physician collaboration.
2. List strategies for self-development that support effective interdisciplinary collaboration.
3. Discuss the impact of collaboration in the development of an effective team.
4. Describe team development strategies that enhance collaboration.


Linda L. Lindeke, PhD, RN, CNP, is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the School of Nursing. She has specialized in pediatrics for over 30 years, including 25 years in advanced nursing practice as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has taught and developed nursing curriculum in a variety of institutions, and has provided continuing education for many audiences over the years. Her current position is in the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, teaching didactic and clinical courses. She practices in both a high risk Neonatal Intensive Care Unit follow-up interdisciplinary clinic in the Academic Health Center and in the emergency room at Children's Hospital and Clinic in Minneapolis. Her research areas focus on health and developmental outcomes following high-risk birth and barriers to advanced practice nursing. She is active on numerous pediatric policy committees and nurse practitioner task forces regionally and nationally. Ann M. Sieckert, BAN, RN, is a registered nurse in pediatrics at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, Minnesota and a Master's student in the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner area of studies. She is interested in interdisciplinary collaboration in the workplace, the lived experiences of children and families facing chronic sorrow, and the possibility of experiencing joy in the midst of difficult circumstances.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial company pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 0.91

Expiration Date: 12/31/2013


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