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In every organization or a group of people who interact, there must be an established means of how they do communicate and interact so that each individual can execute his or her duties diligently and hence facilitate improvement of the group or organizational performance. This is again emphasized in places where there is a group of professionals who either interact with clients or other professionals. It has been established that managers should have good quality of a leader( Hughes, Ginnett & Curphy, 2009). A leader as it is known should be in a position to make or rather influence people that he she leads to achieve established objectives willingly .This means that, a good leader or rather an effective leader should not force people whom he or she lead to do things. To be in a position to achieve this, team building skills do play a very important part in the success of every profession. This essay therefore primarily aims at discussing the concepts of team building in a nursing profession.
Team building involves having goals which are shared among all the members of the team. It is therefore argued that the process of building a team can be fruitful if it is based on the already established goals. The initial step is to check or rather ensure that there is ownership of those common goals and then checking the if there is progress of all the other forms of team building. It is important to note that, team building calls for a variety of activities presented to a firm or an organization for the purpose of improving the performance of the teams in question. A number of activities can be applied or used in team building ranging from simple bonding to a number of days building retreats. This is critical in an environment that requires effective communication , proper problem solving skills and also ability to work closely as a group.
In the recent past, provision of nursing care services has been seen to become complicated due to the increasing growth of the systems based on the health care .This has called for the use of teams in provision of health care. Nursing profession calls for a good relationship between the nurse and the patients and to ensure that there is smooth running of activities , it is important to embrace team building concepts.
To establish a team building in nursing, a process is required as well as the techniques suitable to implement such activities( Hughes, Ginnett & Curphy, 2009) . A variety of team building approaches has been used to mitigate negative typecasts among teams as well as to increase functionality of the intergroup , communication as well as collaboration. The main objective of team building in nursing is primarily increasing nursing environment effectiveness as well as the team collaboration.
Team building in nursing has been identified as a key tool in conflict resolution. Conflict can occur at any one time between two people or rather two groups. As far as nursing is concerned, this can involve conflict between the nurses and the patients. To prevent such issues , team building can be used to promote effective communication between the nurses and the patients. This eventually leads to the parties involved being in a position to control their behavior and hence avoid conflicts. This shows that if team building concepts are used effectively in nursing, conflict resolution and proper communication can reduce the risk of conflict.
In nursing management, the relationship between the patient and the nurse is quite critical. Existence of good relationship between the two parties is the basis of success in nursing care. This again can be enhanced by use of team building concepts in ensuring that there is well being of both parties. The impediments which can be caused by absence of good relationship between the nurses and the patients can be solved by making sure that individuals with diverse background work closely as well as organizing hikes to facilitate their socialization.
Teambuilding activities has been proved to be effective in situations whereby the nurses are involved in multi-disciplinary activities (Gold, 2002).This is the case now a days whereby healthcare institutions are rapidly changing the manner in which nurses operate with the overall aim of the improving the superiority of services given. Such moves have been seen to force withdrawal of traditional structures which were hierarchical to those based on team building environment. This has resulted in finding nurses in novel and diverse roles as opposed to how they used to remain in single or rather nursing units. This therefore calls for teambuilding concepts to be emphasized in nursing to facilitate improved performance in the multi-disciplinary environment.
It is worth mentioning that, nurses are considered as having hard time while dealing with confrontation and therefore distance themselves from harboring emotions and conflicts that are created by argument. This therefore calls for nurses to be equipped with team building skills within their groups so that they can deliver services that are of quality as demanded by their organizational structure. Another important point to put across is that in nursing environment, more superior or rather solid decisions are made in team building managed environment as compared to those made in traditional hierarchical environments in as far as both cost effectiveness and quality is concerned. It is therefore critical for nurses to be equipped with socialization as well as conflict resolution skills which are based on team building concepts .
Having team building skills is a key ingredient in management of nursing as it is an opening for growth as well as change in job environment with enormous possibility for a positive ending. At a personal level, teambuilding in as far as nursing is concerned is a critical achievement (Svyantek et al, 1999). At organizational level, it is critical for the success of the entire organization. Successful team building skills results in effectiveness , openness and trust between the nurses and the patients and the success of nurses offering services in healthcare environment is facilitated .
Research is also conclusive that conflict resolution styles brought about by team building skills are strong interpreter of morale level as well as job satisfaction in nursing work environment. The use of avoidance and confrontation styles can lead to pessimistic results in nursing profession.
Other than conflict or problem solving and communication enhancement, there are several other reasons for team building which can be used in nursing to improve the overall performance of healthcare institution. Among them is trust exercise which leads the parties involved in trusting each other and planning exercise which allows or rather enables the teams involved to be flexible and can therefore accomplish duties assigned in surprise. These can play a critical part in enhancing performance in nursing profession.