10 Tips for Better Nurse Teamwork

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close up of healthcare workers hands togetherTeamwork is key for efficiency in any workplace, but for nurses, lives often literally depend on your ability to create and maintain a positive, functional team environment. One of the many perks Travel Nurses mention about their career path is the ability to avoid long-term hospital politics, but even those in Travel Nursing jobs should learn good teamwork skills.

With that in mind, here are 10 tips for better nurse teamwork will help you and your team gel and excel!

Communicate Effectively — This is the number one influence on teamwork! Think before you speak, explain yourself clearly, and listen to others. Even in stressful scenarios, do your best to avoid snarky comments as they will only hamper communication, and always be open and honest.

Pull Your Weight — Make sure that you are doing your best and giving your all at all times. Contributing at your highest level will only improve your team’s chances for success and others’ views of your collective work.

Ask Questions — You should never be too proud to ask questions on the job. Sure, you are highly skilled and trained, but we all always have more to learn! Plus, asking a question of a colleague lets them demonstrate their knowledge, which makes them feel good and can even help you bond.

Be Kind and Be Positive — A good rule to carry with you everywhere in life, simply being kind to others goes a long way! And being a positive presence will only lead to more positivity coming back your way. Even in trying times, always be kind and try to stay positive.

Build Relationships — In nursing you are seriously in the trenches with your colleagues. You will all have a better time of it if you create genuine relationships. Get to know them — where they’ve been in life and where they hope to go, who their family is, what they do off the clock. And, make sure you let them get to know you too!

Don’t Compare — Whether it’s duties, salary, or anything else, never compare yourself to your teammates. It’s dangerous to stack ourselves up next to others, because we often are not privy to the full picture anyway. Focus on your own performance and opportunities.

Make Room for Feedback — You should be able to offer your teammates constructive feedback (whether directly or through management) and you should absolutely welcome any feedback that comes your way. Don’t bristle when you receive feedback even if you initially disagree with it. Say “thank you” and take some time to consider before reacting. Chances are, it will help you develop and help your team excel in the long run.

Focus on Solutions — When things go wrong (and they will sometimes!) try not to dwell on the problem, but rather focus on what solutions your team can seek.

Have a Team Mentality — Try to remember at all times that you are a team. Teams sink or swim together, so do your best to stay tight and you are all more likely to succeed.

Remember Your Goal — At the end of the day, your objective is delivering excellent patient care. Keeping that goal in mind will help you execute the level of teamwork necessary to make it happen.

Whether you are perm or a Traveler, I hope these 10 tips for better nurse teamwork will help you and your team. If you have any other tips, please feel free to share them in the comments!

About the Author: Sarah Wengert is a blogger for Travel Nursing Blogs.com, a resource and entertainment site for past, present, and future Travel Nurses. She’s also the Creative Content Writer at Medical Solutions, a pet-friendly, top Travel Nurse company. Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and singing along to the car radio like no one is watching. 

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