I recently read a Blog posted on the Society of Hospital Medicine regarding relationships between physicians and non-physician providers, namely nurse practitioners. It was interesting as I could not agree more with the points in the blog as barriers to successful hospitalist or other collaborative care models. The author summarized well what I believe are key issues that can create toxic environments for nurse practitioners and physician assistants and ultimately affect patient care. I truly believe that there is a place for all providers and that are many successful practices both in and out of the hospital setting in which physicians and nurse practitioners work along side of each other to delivery high-quality and cost-effective care.
The big winner in this is the patient. But so are all the providers if we can all get over ourselves and truly work as colleagues, together!