The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

BEST LEADERSHIP PRACTICES IN INTERDISCIPLINARY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN REGISTERED NURSES AND RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS

Paula M. Aherns, Diane E. Adler; Organizational Leadership, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

Background: Though research was available on interdisciplinary communication in health care settings, specific research on interdisciplinary communication between Registered Nurses (RNs) and Respiratory Therapists (RTs) was lacking despite their frequent interactions and need to collaborate in the delivery of patient care. Research was conducted to answer the question, “What are the best leadership practices in interdisciplinary communication between RNs and RTs?” Method: A mixed methodology was used by the researchers, combining quantitative and qualitative approach, through a literature review plus a survey and interviews with RN and RT leaders. Seventy members of the American Association of Respiratory Care, Management Section and 32 members of the Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing participated in the survey; four phone interviews with members of the two organizations were conducted. Results: Frequency of response to the survey and interview questions was used in the statistical analysis. Four major strategies used by both RN and RT leaders emerged from the survey and interviews. Conclusions: From the research results it was concluded, that the best leadership practices in interdisciplinary communication between Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists are to: Provide Opportunities for Direct Interaction, Provide Training and Education,Set Clear Expectations,and Create and Support a Healthy Work Environment. Sponsored Research - None

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