QSEN Teamwork and Collaboration


QSEN:Teamwork and Collaboration

Teamworkand Collaboration

Team-Basedhealth care is a functional pillar in delivery of quality healthservices to patients, families and communities (Hastings etal.,2016). In teamwork, proper recognition of strengths and weaknesses ofeach member when it comes to planning and execution of tasks is thekey to a successful nursing teamwork.

Member’sStrengths, Limitation and Values in a Team.

Strengthsof a nurse in a team involve the factors, traits, areas, oractivities that best facilitate provision of quality care. Strengthsdetermine how well the organization’s goals are achieved and theyinclude proper communication skills, flexibility in attending tasks,time management and ability to learn new things (Dolansky &ampMoore, 2013 Hastings etal.,2016). Also, attention to details and proper knowledge on medicalpractices imperative strengths in improving patient’s care andsafety.

Limitationsare restriction factors that hinder a team from achieving its goals(Hastings etal.,2016). Such factors include lack of some important skills among themembers, unequal participation and reduced mutual trust.Finally,the core values in team-based health care are honesty, discipline,and humility (Rowland, 2014). Also, curiosity and creativity areimportant values in defining the course of action with the bestresults.

TheContribution of Other Individuals in a Group.

Thecentral idea of importance in team work is diversity because itdetermines individual’s place and position when performing tasks(Dolansky &amp Moore, 2013). Simply put, each member can have aunique contribution for increased functionality of the teamespecially in enhancing accountability, enriching the perception bybringing creative ideas and ensuring the variation necessary innursing orientation. Also, participation in decision making isimportant contribution to facilitate quality care and patient’ssafety.

TheImpact of a Functional Nursing Team on Safety and Quality of Care.

Team-basedhealth care has positive impacts on the quality care includingachieving the best decisions even during the most complexcircumstances, improved access to resources and availability ofskills necessary in nursing (Rowland, 2014). More importantly,teamwork improves patient’s experience due to the collective effecton institution’s productivity, enhanced response to medical demandsand diversity of capabilities each member exhibit.

Inbrief, team-based care is better than usual, or the primary caresince nurses can share tasks, information, and ideas. However, thecollaboration between members is important since it enhances theprogress towards the objectives through execution of large amount ofwork, and reduced fatigue or stress.


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