Essay on Organizational Culture And Team Functioning

890 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Organizational Culture and Team Functioning
In Ontario patients receive comprehensive health service, which means that multiple health care professionals work collaboratively to deliver the best quality of care in every health care setting (Healthforceontario.ca, 2015). As an example, the health care team caring for a patient at Hamilton Health Sciences may include the attending physician, resident physician, consulting physician, registered nurse, social worker, nutritionist, occupational therapist, and physiotherapist (Hamiltonhealthsciences.ca, n.d.). A culture of teamwork is essential to the successful delivery of comprehensive health service, and achieving optimal patient outcome. In this paper, I will discuss the importance of teams in healthcare, the meaning of culture as it applies to team functioning and culture as it relates to effective working relationships.
Importance of Teams in Healthcare In healthcare, positive patient outcome is contingent upon teamwork between nurses and other healthcare professions. According to Andriopoulos and Dawson (2014) a team is “a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.” Although the definition of the word “team” may vary slightly between business, sports or healthcare, there are three elements that remain common to all definitions: two or more individuals, with a common purpose, and who are…

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