The growth in usage of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in hospitals in the United States have introduced various challenges to the communication between nurses and physicians. During a pandemic such as COVID-19, utilizing EMR communication is vital for healthcare provider groups. Still, lots of factors affect the use of EMR for nurse-physician communication. We will utilize a grounded theory approach to try to uncover factors affecting EMR-enabled communication between nurses and physicians. This study will take a longitudinal qualitative approach to collect data from nurses prior to and during COVID-19 pandemic. We expect to uncover factors affecting nurse-physician communication both before the pandemic and during the pandemic. This will be the first research that takes a grounded theory approach to longitudinally explore factors affecting nurse-physician communication. By uncovering these factors, we hope to unveil hidden factors that can be further researched by researchers and dealt with by practitioners.

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