The concept of patient care partnership has been around in the mental health field for a long time. The term “patient care partnership” came about in the 1990s when the idea of a group of professionals, like a medical doctor and a nurse, working alongside one another to provide care to a patient.
Patient care partnership, in our opinion, is a good idea. It allows for more continuity of care when patients are treated in the same way and it keeps the mental health practitioner from having to deal with the person’s entire social life.
For example, when I am having a physical therapy session, the doctor and I are discussing the various exercises we will do, but the nurse is always listening in on the conversation.
Patient care partnership allows for more consistency. For example if you have a physical therapy session your doctor is going to tell you not to do a certain exercise, but the nurse at the same physical therapy session will be keeping track of that.
Patient care partnership is a form of medical care that takes the needs of more than one person into consideration. It’s basically a way of sharing information about the patient’s health needs and symptoms, and the doctor and nurse collaborate to give the best medical attention to one person. It’s like a partnership that works for everyone. If you have an upper respiratory infection, your doctor may want to monitor your blood pressure, but your nurse may be the one who’s taking your blood pressure.
Its kind of like a team effort. There are certain things that can’t be discussed with just one person, like pain and nausea. A doctor may have to share his or her concerns with another member of the medical team. This creates communication and trust that are difficult to achieve if one person alone is giving the medical care.
With a medical partnership like this, there are times when the doctors may not be the best person to talk to. But the nurses do know things, especially if you have pain. If the doctor is giving the patient a ton of pain medication and the nurse tells him/her about the pain, then the doctor will listen. It can be tough, especially if you’re dealing with a senior or really talkative person. But the nurse is always there to listen and give you the care you need.
In most medical partnerships, the nurse tells the doctor what to do. But with a medical partnership like this, the doctor will have to make the decision. For example, with a spinal fusion, the doctor may want to do a fusion or not do a fusion. The nurse will help the doctor decide.
If the doctor does a surgery or puts a person in a nursing home, the nurse is usually an afterthought. That’s because the doctor already made that decision. However, with a patient care partnership, the nurse is a big part of the equation. Nurses are often one of the most respected members of a medical team because they are trained to listen to your complaints and then make decisions accordingly.
So how does a nurse decide whether to do a fusion or not? They look at their patients and decide whether they need the attention. If they don’t, they don’t. If they do, they go ahead and do the fusion. Of course, it doesn’t always work out this way, because sometimes a nurse will do their best to help a patient who doesn’t need help. However, this is the exception rather than the rule.