Year of Publication
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Dr. Debra Hampton
Dr. Kelly Johnson
Dr. William Bradford
Background: Nurse-physician communication is an essential element of safe, effective patient care, nurse engagement and job satisfaction. Communication breakdowns can lead to poor patient outcomes and disengagement among nurses.
Purpose: The purpose of this project was to determine the impact of a nurse-physician communication intervention on psychological empowerment of critical care nurses. A second purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of communication between critical care nurses and members or the cardiothoracic surgery team and understand barriers and communication challenges.
Methods: A quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test design was utilized to evaluate the impact of a nurse-physician communication intervention on nurses’ psychological empowerment and perceptions of barriers to communication.
Results: There was no statistically significant difference in psychological empowerment scores or nurse perceptions of communication pre and post intervention. Qualitative data demonstrated some improvement in overall communication.
Conclusions: Further study is needed to determine the extent to which relationship-building interventions can impact nurse-physician communication.
Wieder, Kristen, "Impact of a Nurse-Physician Communication Intervention on Psychological Empowerment and Effectiveness of Collaboration between Medical Staff and Critical Care Nurses" (2018). DNP Projects. 216.