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Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was two-fold: (a) to describe nurses' perception of collaborative practice behaviors with physicians in a 529 bed mid-western acute care hospital setting and to relate those findings to nurses' satisfaction, and (b) to describe the perceptions of collaborative practice behaviors reported by physicians.

The study was a cross-sectional descriptive correlational design. The convenience sample included 264 nurses, 72 staff physicians and 22 medical residents in a sample setting of medical-surgical, critical care, pediatrics, women's health services, emergency, and surgical services departments. The study used the Collaborative Practice Scales (CPS) to measure nurse and physician perceptions of collaborative practice behaviors and the Work Quality Indoc (WQI) to measure nurse satisfaction with their work and work environment.

The hypothesis was tested utilizing ANOVA followed by a Scheffe's test on all significant results. A statistically significant relationship was found between medical-surgical nurses' perception of nurse-physician collaboration and nurse satisfaction.


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