Relationship between social worker and nursesCreated by:
It is no secret that at some hospitals, relations between nurses and social workers are not so pleasant in most places (for the record mine is so far so good), if there is any relationship at all. But turf battles are not inevitable, as long as roles are clearly defined and the right case management is in place. What is important is to define the function of each group. Whether you say that the nurses are going to do discharge planning, the social workers are going to do counseling and handle complex placement issues, or whatever it is, it's important that you really do differentiate it and everybody knows what the roles are. In fostering better relationships between nurse case managers and social workers, it's important to be sensitive to the needs of both groups.Another technique that helps foster a cooperative spirit includes the development of teams comprising nurses and social workers - which we do practise in Singapore in certain hospitals.
What are your country's practise?