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In residency, I have noticed that my relationships with female nurses are often different than the relationships experienced by my male co-residents. Certainly, there have been times that my plan is challenged by a female nurse, and yet when a male physician repeats the same plan (usually regardless of his "rank" above or below me in residency), it is accepted. It is frustrating to feel as though female nurses do not have the same respect for me or willingness to help me as compared to male colleagues. On the other hand, I wonder if perhaps being of the same gender allows female nurses to feel more confident in expressing their concerns or defining their role, both of which are important for effective patient care.

In your experience, what are the strengths and challenges of the female nurse -female physician relationship? How do these strengths and challenges vary at different points in training (from intern to attending)?