Nurse-Physician Communication Exercise

This classroom exercise may be utilized with nurses as they near
completion of their training and begin to encounter initial experiences
in which communication with physicians may be challenging. The
accompanying Word document and PowerPoint presentation take the learner
through a simulated conversation between a nurse and a physician
regarding a patient who is deteriorating. The nurse is challenged to
find effective means of assertively yet professionally escalating the
dialogue on behalf of a patient whose condition does not allow for
delay. The role play outlined in this scenario can easily be
accomplished in a classroom setting by having students work in groups of
two or three. The case scenario outlined in this teaching tool always
provokes vigorous discussion, which can lead to a very productive
dialogue about how to engage other health care workers