Through observations in three intensive care units, this book draws on the reality of practice to explore how nurses and doctors work in intensive care settings. It examines:
· the power held by the competing knowledge bases
· the roles of the different professions
· the decision-making process
· the sources of conflict
· the need for change.
Drawing together sociological theories and clinical practice, Power and Conflict Between Doctors and Nurses explores the role of nurses in delivering contemporary health care. It makes a strong case for interdisciplinary working and is particularly timely when health care policy is challenging work boundaries in health care.
1. Nursing Role Developments: Contemporary Perspectives 2. Collaboration: Working Partnerships or Sleeping with the Enemy? 3. Clinical Management Teams: The Impact of General Management 4. The Study 5. Understanding the Context 6. Clinical Decision Making and the Hierarchies of Knowledge 7. Roles in Clinical Decision Making: Working with a Historical Legacy 8. Power and Conflict on the Clinical Decision Making Stage 9. Breaking Through the Inner Circle: Rhetoric or Reality