- Article: Holyoake DD (2011) Is the doctor-nurse game still being played? Nursing Times; 107: 43, early online publication.
- Author: Dean-David Holyoake is a senior lecturer in the School of Health, University of Wolverhampton.
- The doctor-nurse game says that doctors and nurses share a special relationship founded on role expectations based on power, influence and territory. The nursing role showed respect, acted passively and never disagreed with the doctor
- In recent years, nursing has aspired to be a profession and take on greater responsibilities
- By 1990, the author of the doctor-nurse game said it was no longer being played because nurses were no longer competing
- Yet many of those working on the front line believe the doctor-nurse game is still being played
- Nursing is more dependent on medicine than ever before and medicine still holds all the cards
“Nursing has been so intent and fixated in mirroring medicine that it has turned itself into little more than a clone.”
Do you agree?
To think about:
- Have doctors tactically delegated tasks to nurses so they can move onto more sophisticated aspects of care?
- Is it relevant to measure the progress made by nurses in terms of medical functions they undertake?
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