I have never bought into the physician/nurse divide; I've been hesitant to acknowledge its existance. The picture could not have been painted more clearly for me while on my gynecological surgery week: the lounge is divided in half - one half for docs, the other half for nurses. On the OB floor, one lounge is for nurses, the other is for doctors. Nurses and doctors function in separate and parallel worlds, caring for the same patients. They occasionally work very well collaboratively and other times, they bad-mouth one another when the other isn't looking and silently stew over miscommunications and lack of appreciation.
How to overcome this stumbling point? How, in general, do we reach across divides to meet our counterparts in open, helpful collaboration?
I think that this is a daily decision, to have an open heart to the experiences of others across divides. To start breaking down divides on an individual level. Even when we're tired and overworked.