OccupationInformation Interview

Summary of the Interviews

I interviewed the Registered Nurse that was Hawa Konteh from EinsteinMedical Center located in Philadelphia. Hawa revealed that aRegistered Nurse needs an Associate’s degree program, a bachelor’sdegree or even a master’s degree that will ensure they have theminimum qualification to be considered as a professional. Apart fromthe education, the licensing requirement that is the National CouncilLicensure Examination (NCLEX) is quite important in the profession.She also revealed that the Registered Nurses are expected todirect patient care while complying with their practice standards.They also have to use some complex nursing care systems, whileundertaking the clinical research that will also improve theirperformance and knowledge. Often, their typical day entails workingwith patients, under the cardiac care, intensive care, or even theneurologic area. They also observe the behavior of the patients andconsult other professionals and establish the treatment plans thatwill fit into the patients’ needs.

On the other hand, the physician that was Roy also from the samehospital provided some important information. Roy revealed that aphysician needs to have a degree in Medicine to have a betterposition in the profession. They also need to have a license beforebeing allowed to operate as a professional. The field requiresvarious skills that include the in-depth knowledge of the medicalguidelines and the perfect communication skills too. Besides that, healso showed that they should have knowledge of the infectiousdiseases and the diagnostic methodologies as well as the medicationsand their side effects. Being compassionate and approachable are theother skills that are also quite critical. Often, their days includethe routine checkups and identifying any changes while giving therequired advice or even preventative actions the patient shouldadopt. They also conduct in-depth examinations on their patients andask the patients some intuitive questions to determine the symptomsor even the progress of the treatment process. Their scientificknowledge also helps them to prescribe the effective medications andthe comprehensive instructions that the patients should follow aswell.

On their routine basis, the nurses often interact with the physiciansin the process of creating a perfect way to help the patients. Thecollaboration often entails the nurse and the physician sharingknowledge and deciding the appropriate step they should undertake.Apart from that, the same experience also enhances team developmentand self-development that influence the nurse and the physician toadopt more knowledge and expertise that will shape their decisionstoo. The collaboration has a wide range of rewards that ensure thetwo professions acquire more knowledge and emotional maturity. Forinstance, they learn how to understand the perspective that othersmight have towards solving a common problem. However, the tworevealed that they have encountered challenges such as thecommunication problem because of the fatigue and burnout that theyhad experienced. At times, they even have contradictory alternativesthat make their work far more difficult since they will have a hardtime compromising on the solution that is effective.

The information from the interview was the same as what the scholarlyjournal articles on nurse-physician collaboration revealed. Forinstance, Galletta et al., (2013) asserts on the collaboration,helping with the development of the team and enhancing thecommunication skills of the members. However, the interview seemedmore insightful and it revealed more concepts that the articleslacked. The first-hand information also made the interview aneye-opening experience that revealed a wide range ofinformation.Self-Critique and Observations

Before the interview began, I knew that the nurse was expected toexecute the physician’s orders and nothing else. Apart from that, Ithought that the nurse was not supposed to make any decision on thepatient’s treatment plan, but, that was not the case since sheseems to have a larger part to play. Before the interview, I had toresearch on the roles of the nurses and the physician as well. Theresearch was quite effective in framing the questions that I will askthe two professions. In fact, the research ensured that I understoodsome of the vocabulary associated with the two professions to avoidany confusion during the interview. I believe that I was open-mindedand ready to receive more knowledge from the nurse and the physician.Hence, I even used open-ended questions to gather more insight aspossible. Apart from that, I had to tackle one problem at a time togain more knowledge before I moved to another issue. The approach oftackling one problem also reduced any chances of confusion in theentire interview as well. I believe that I was more comfortable whileworking with both the interviews. I know they were also comfortablesince my questions were not difficult and intimidating. They only hadto make some prompt response that did not need any consultation.Earlier, I thought that the physician was responsible for everydecision on the treatment plan and the Registered Nurse only had toimplement the plan. Shockingly, the nurse also had the chance toinform the physician about the knowledge that will be helpful inmaking the final treatment plan that they will use.


Galletta, M., Portoghese, I., Battistelli, A., &amp Leiter, M. P.(2013). The roles of unit leadership and nurse–physiciancollaboration on nursing turnover intention. Journal of AdvancedNursing, 69(8), 1771-1784.