multi-disciplinary collection of professionals, such as the psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, activity therapist, and nurse, gathered to promote the patient's health, welfare, and goals. Where I work, some teams work well together, and some do not.
Nurses are also supposed to work as a team with other nurses as well as the hospital attendants. I have the most miserable days when there is no teamwork, even if nothing seriously wrong happens.
When I am immersed in the heavy morning medication pass, I make a list of needed doctors and orders. Most doctors tour in the morning while I am otherwise distracted and do not check in with me. When I mention to the other nurse on the unit that Dr. So-and-so is needed to renew an order, and she replies, "Medications are your problem," this is not teamwork. After I finish the medication pass, I have to call the doctor myself. If the doctor has already checked in on the unit and left, I am usually met with an observation such as, "I asked Nurse So-and-so and she said there were no issues. Don't you communicate with each other?" I have now reached the point where I reply, "No, doctor, Nurse So-and-so and I do not communicate well." I have demonstrated extreme competence in attention to detail in many areas, so I think that the doctors now see that I am a thorough nurse and some other nurses are . . . not as thorough. They seek me out instead of certain other nurses because they know a task will be completed quickly and correctly.
I have also worked with a handful of nurses who work efficiently. I love these days, no matter the workload. While I am working, the other nurse is working. If I ask if she has gotten to a task, the reply is not a snappy, "I am too busy" or "That's your job!" Instead, if the answer is "yes," my reply is, "So what else needs attention?" If the reply is "no," then I get to work on the task. That is teamwork.