CNO Roundtable 2023
Question 2: Nurses in Multidisciplinary Teams
How can nurses work more effectively within multidisciplinary teams?
With multidisciplinary teams increasingly important in modern healthcare, the panelists offer their advice for nurses in working effectively with other members of the care team, such as physician assistants, social workers, nurses’ aides, and physicians.
Nancy Blake, LAC+USC Medical Center
It is crucial to comprehend and value everything that multidisciplinary teams bring to the bedside. The squad wins together and loses together, just like in any team sport. Patients need us to collaborate effectively to help them move from illness to wellness.
Annabelle Duschane Braun, MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center
Celebrate differences and learn from each other. Each member of the team brings unique strengths, experience, and viewpoints. Collaborating allows us to develop new problem-solving approaches, and differing opinions strengthen accountability.
Lori Burnell, Valley Presbyterian Hospital
First, respectfully listen to each stakeholder, pay attention, be curious, and build on everyone’s knowledge. Each member of an interdisciplinary team serves a unique role. Second, represent your people well. Come to each meeting prepared to offer ideas and insights.
Karen Grimley, UCLA Health
Ask to hear from team members who sit quietly — they often have keen observations and great ideas, and questions will invite them into the conversation. Also, when seeking to solve problems, use data rather than emotion to inform your choices.