4 Ways to Improve Teamwork and Collaboration in Nursing

Have you ever experienced ineffective collaboration or ineffective teamwork that caused problems for patients or even management?

Ineffective collaboration and ineffective communication will result in problems in any environment. Signs of ineffective teamwork and collaboration in nursing are poor leadership, unhappy nurses, and patients who receive low-quality care. For your hospital to run best, it is imperative your nurses are collaborating. Here are four ways to improve teamwork and collaboration in nursing.

  1. FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
  2. REWARD BEHAVIOR
  3. ACCOUNTABILITY
  4. IMPROVE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AND LEADERSHIP

1. FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

Having a focus on relationship building is great for morale. It is necessary for nurses working together to know each other. An environment focused on professional relationship building can be created with ease.

Schedule a weekly meeting

One way to create a focus on relationship building is by scheduling a short weekly meeting. This meeting can be about anything–what’s going to happen on the job next week, feedback about how the hospital has been doing, and even funny things that happened during the week. What is important is to make this short weekly meeting an open discussion for all nurses. Once the workers are looking forward to this meeting, you will have created a focus on relationship building in your organization’s culture.

2. REWARD BEHAVIOR

People love to be recognized, for something they took time and care in doing. As a manager, one of the best things you can do is reward good behavior. This enforces that behavior and will make the person more likely to do it again.

What kind of reward?

This reward can come in many forms. Many times just acknowledging someone’s behavior in front of the other staff is good enough to make the person feel good about their actions and reinforce the behavior. If you want to reward good behavior more systematically, you can provide a monetary reward through some sort of reward system or challenge.

3. ACCOUNTABILITY

Holding nurse’s accountability has been proven to improve teamwork and collaboration. Holding staff accountable for their actions, good or bad, improves a hospital’s organizational culture and promotes professionalism. Employees need to know that the management takes the work that is being done seriously. By having a culture of accountability in your hospital, it makes workers feel as if what they are doing has importance, and generally creates happier employees.

4. IMPROVE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AND LEADERSHIP

An organizational culture is defined as its underlying beliefs, assumptions, values and ways of interacting that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization. You want your organization’s culture to promote good practices. Here is how you improve your organizational culture.

Leadership

 You want your managers and leaders to model the behavior for the staff.

Gandhi said:  “Be the change, if you want to see the change.”

If a manager is coming in late every day, the staff will start to do the same.  Managers of the nursing staff need to lead by example with good behavior. Good behavior for nurses is, showing kindness and professionalism. Thus, these are the traits managers of the nursing team need to show and promote.

By focusing on relationship building and holding nurses accountable, your hospital’s organizational culture will improve.

CONCLUSION

Teamwork and collaboration in nursing is key. You want your nursing staff to work together as a well-oiled machine. When that happens, patients are content, colleagues are appreciative, and the organization as a whole is operating more efficiently and effectively–a winning combination for any hospital.