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From the staff development bookshelf: Team building for charge nurses

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 3, 2012

Team building refers to a variety of techniques that leaders can use to improve team performance. This can be achieved through a variety of practices such as reward and recognition, team retreats, and practice exercises or games. Team building is necessary in any work environment. When you have a strong team environment, the rewards are great.

When you have a team environment, you may see the following behaviors:

  • Effective and timely communication
  • Cooperation
  • Flexibility
  • Reliability
  • Trust
  • Collaboration
  • Transparency
  • Increased productivity, accountability, and innovation


The best part is that if you train your charge nurses to help mentor and nurture this process, you will contribute to the overall success of your department and organization. Team building exercises are a great way to develop and engage staff members' ability to work together effectively.

Book excerpt adapted from
Charge Nurse Program Builder: Tools for Developing Unit Leaders by Tammy L. Berbarie, BA, RN, RN-BC

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