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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164720
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
STAFF RETREAT: A JOURNEY TO TEAM BUILDING
Author(s):
Lambert, Nancy; Steward, Nancy
Author Details:
Nancy Lambert, RN MSN OCN, Care Coordinator, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Delaware, USA, email: nlambert@christianacare.org; Nancy Steward, MSN, RN, OCN, CRNI
Abstract:
Teamwork and leadership are important components of an effective department. The Cancer Care Management Department at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center is comprised of staff housed in different locations. As the department has grown, it is sometimes difficult for staff to get to know each other. As a result, cohesiveness is a challenge. Two Care Coordinators investigated the possibility of having an off site retreat to work on team building and presented it to management. In the past, numerous attempts have been made to improve work effectiveness and cohesion without success. The retreat was to be used to strengthen, re-energize our team, clarify roles and expectations and identify the unique contributions of each staff member. Kanters Structural Theory of Organizational Behavior was used as a model as a bases for the staff to meet the department goals through access of information while enhancing their own ability to grow in their role. Our first off site retreat was held at Wapiti in Northeast, Maryland. The staff was treated to dinner and an evening of fun and laughter. Room and table assignments were made to pair staff that normally does not have any interaction. A full day was spent on team building provided by an expert in staff relations. Topics such as understanding team dynamics, understanding your personal behavior style and how it affects your ability to communicate with others and learning how to created safe environment where candid communications are used and accepted. Surveys post retreat showed that participants found this retreat beneficial in helping develop teamwork and leadership skills. The comparison of the 2004 and 2006 Gallup survey demonstrated that the staff had an overall 25% increase in satisfaction with their job role, department and department director. As our department continues to undergo changes, it is important to gather our staff in a safe environment to encourage communication. Our nursing staff depends on the support staff to help our oncology patients through the continuum of their care. Without communication we are not able to work effectively or efficiently.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSTAFF RETREAT: A JOURNEY TO TEAM BUILDINGen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLambert, Nancyen_US
dc.contributor.authorSteward, Nancyen_US
dc.author.detailsNancy Lambert, RN MSN OCN, Care Coordinator, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Delaware, USA, email: nlambert@christianacare.org; Nancy Steward, MSN, RN, OCN, CRNIen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164720-
dc.description.abstractTeamwork and leadership are important components of an effective department. The Cancer Care Management Department at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center is comprised of staff housed in different locations. As the department has grown, it is sometimes difficult for staff to get to know each other. As a result, cohesiveness is a challenge. Two Care Coordinators investigated the possibility of having an off site retreat to work on team building and presented it to management. In the past, numerous attempts have been made to improve work effectiveness and cohesion without success. The retreat was to be used to strengthen, re-energize our team, clarify roles and expectations and identify the unique contributions of each staff member. Kanters Structural Theory of Organizational Behavior was used as a model as a bases for the staff to meet the department goals through access of information while enhancing their own ability to grow in their role. Our first off site retreat was held at Wapiti in Northeast, Maryland. The staff was treated to dinner and an evening of fun and laughter. Room and table assignments were made to pair staff that normally does not have any interaction. A full day was spent on team building provided by an expert in staff relations. Topics such as understanding team dynamics, understanding your personal behavior style and how it affects your ability to communicate with others and learning how to created safe environment where candid communications are used and accepted. Surveys post retreat showed that participants found this retreat beneficial in helping develop teamwork and leadership skills. The comparison of the 2004 and 2006 Gallup survey demonstrated that the staff had an overall 25% increase in satisfaction with their job role, department and department director. As our department continues to undergo changes, it is important to gather our staff in a safe environment to encourage communication. Our nursing staff depends on the support staff to help our oncology patients through the continuum of their care. Without communication we are not able to work effectively or efficiently.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:05:45Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:05:45Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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