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Title: FACTORS INFLUENCING TEAMWORK AMONG NURSES IN GENERAL WARD SETTING: AN EXPLORATORY DESCRIPTIVE STUDY
Authors: GOH QIN LING, PEARLYN
Keywords: nursing teamwork
perceptions
influencing factors
Issue Date: 25-May-2019
Citation: GOH QIN LING, PEARLYN (2019-05-25). FACTORS INFLUENCING TEAMWORK AMONG NURSES IN GENERAL WARD SETTING: AN EXPLORATORY DESCRIPTIVE STUDY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: With Singapore facing an ageing population, there is an increase demand in healthcare. Nurses would have to shoulder a heavier workload, inflating the risk of error-making or omitting nursing care. Effective nursing teamwork brings about potential to offset these shortcomings. Despite the benefits, little is known regarding nursing teamwork. Aim: The study aims to investigate teamwork perception and its potential factors among nurses in general ward setting. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive exploratory design was adopted by issuing Nursing Teamwork Survey (NTS) to general inpatient ward nurses. The NTS encompassed five subscales – team leadership, team orientation, backup, trust and shared mental model (SMM). Two hundred forty-eight (248) nurses were recruited by convenience sampling from a tertiary hospital. Data collected was analysed using descriptive and regression statistics. Results: Nurses reported positively (3.65 out of 5) on teamwork among nurses, with SMM (3.86 ± 0.67) and team orientation (3.50 ± 0.71) being the highest and lowest scoring subscales. Factors including qualification level, years of working experience, job staffing adequacy and job satisfaction were found to influence nursing teamwork. Conclusion: The study offers preliminary insight into nursing teamwork and its influencing factors in Singapore general ward setting. Teamwork can be enhanced by cultivating team orientation among nurses and target variations among ascertained factors. Nevertheless, further researches should be conducted pertaining to the ambiguity in the conclusiveness of factors when contrasted with previous studies. Implications: The findings yielded implications in clinical and education settings. It is recommended that nursing management could promote teamwork by: (i) implementing teamwork training in the workplace; (ii) cultivating a feedback-friendly environment; and (iii) looking into staff-mix ratio and regular work schedule. Pertaining to the education facet, school curriculum could incorporate intra-professional teamwork and delegation to facilitate teambuilding contribution when graduates enter the workforce.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/153855
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