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Collegiate presence: explaining homogenous but disparate nursing relationships
Article first published online: 16 JUN 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 226–233, April 2014
How to Cite
Broadbent, M. and Moxham, L. (2014), Collegiate presence: explaining homogenous but disparate nursing relationships. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21: 226–233. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12075
- Issue published online: 3 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 16 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 APR 2013
- cross-cultural issues;
- health services delivery;
- interpersonal skills;
- nursing role;
- multidisciplinary care
- This paper contends that interdisciplinary relationships have an intercultural component to them.
- A lack of understanding of cultural differences between interdisciplinary groups can lead to fragmented service delivery.
- Collegiate presence may improve relationships, where cultural differences between disciplines are not understood.
- Collegiate presence may improve service delivery when interdisciplinary groups function more cohesively.
This paper examines the notion of collegiate presence. Collegiate presence is defined as a mutual connection between two or more professional individuals or groups who share a common work focus and who are mindful of cultural differences. This concept emerged as a result of an ethnographic study of two groups of triage nurses; emergency department, and mental health nurses. Data analysis exposed a number of concepts and themes including collegiality and presence. These two concepts were seen to be so closely connected that the term collegiate presence was constructed. This paper explores the notion of collegiate presence and examines factors that affect this phenomenon between what are homogenous (nurses) but disparate cultural groups (emergency department nurses and mental health triage nurses) in a health-care organization. Findings indicate that culturally disparate groups are challenged to develop functional and collaborative working relationships without a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, each other's culture. Developing collegiate presence requires effective communication, social and professional conversations, and physical presence.