Kot1 Task 1

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Leadership, Collaboration, and Safety
Kristi S Kurtz, RN
Western Governors University

Informal Leadership
There are several ways that a nurse can exhibit informal leadership while on an interdisciplinary team. Two such examples are promoting inclusiveness for all within the group and encouraging others. After a group is formed, new members might be added. It could be that a former member left his position at the hospital or it was decided that another department needed to be included in the interdisciplinary team. For the team to work cohesively, all members need to be able to communicate. If just one member feels out of place, this might cause internal strife. The informal leader can draw the newcomer into various discussions or ask for their feedback at appropriate times, which will promote inclusiveness. The informal leader can also encourage others, not just members of the team but her co-workers as well. If her fellow team members are feeling intimidated by one member in particular, she can encourage them to address the issue in a calm manner. She could sit with them, discuss exactly why they are feeling intimidated, and once they have the facts together, they can provide this information to the team leader. This is true of any concerns that her co-workers have also. If the team is working on an issue that the nursing staff has feedback on, the informal leader can listen to the staff, and provide that information to the interdisciplinary team. It is important that the informal leader only provide facts, and to leave emotion out of the equation as much as possible. By doing so, she demonstrates good leadership qualities.
Role of the Nurse on Interdisciplinary Teams The nurse can be a vital member of the interdisciplinary team. As a matter of fact, she should be. The nurse has the unique role of working directly
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