Why Nursing Should Be More Like Football
For example, a 2010 study called "Nursing staff teamwork and job satisfaction" in the Journal of Nursing Management found that within nursing teams on acute care patient units, a higher level of teamwork and perceptions of adequate staffing leads to greater job satisfaction.
Nurses' job satisfaction with their current position, as well as their satisfaction with their occupation in general were both higher when nurses rated their teamwork higher. The authors concluded that "efforts to improve teamwork and ensure adequate staffing in acute care settings would have a major impact on staff satisfaction."
Another 2010 study, "The impact of teamwork on missed nursing care," published in Nursing Outlook, concluded that "when teamwork was stronger, less missed nursing care was reported." The authors pointed to a need to invest in ways to improve teamwork.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has won the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality for two years running, so their teamwork efforts are clearly paying off. Sports teams for which teamwork is paramount have similar winning records.
Remember what happens when athletes don't play as a team? They lose the game. For nurses, the stakes are even higher.
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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