Interprofessional Education and Practice: The Doctor Nurse Game

October 17
UCSF Library, Room CL-221/222
530 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco CA


Interprofessional Education and Practice Series
The Doctor Nurse Game

Led by:

Scott Reeves, PhD
Director, UCSF Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education
Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
UCSF School of Nursing

Suzanne Gordon
Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
UCSF School of Nursing

While the ‘doctor-nurse game’ (where nurses subtly emphasize the dominance of their physician colleagues) was first described in 1967, it continues to be enacted today across a number of health care settings.  This workshop explores the nature of this game, and considers its role in contemporary interprofessional relations between nursing and medicine, as well as its implications for other professions. 

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Enact different scenes from a play which illuminates the nature of the doctor-nurse game.
  • Participate in a reflection activity to discuss the enacted scenes and reflect upon their implications for modern interprofessional relations.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the rules of the doctor-nurse game.
  • Understand the implications of this interprofessional game for working together in a collaborative manner.

This workshop is one in a 12-part series covering fundamental issues in interprofessional education and practice. Workshops need not be taken in sequence.


The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Course No. MGR14075