Catherine Owens 19416507


  A teamwork approach includes team members from different disciplines working collaboratively, for a common purpose, to set goals; make decisions and share resources and responsibilities. During the team work, a group of clinicians from different disciplines, come together with the patient, perform assessment, make a diagnosis, intervene, and sett goal. The patient and their family are also involved in any discussions about the patient condition, prognosis and care plan (O’Reilly, Lee, O’Sullivan, Cullen, Kennedy, & MacFarlane, 2017).

In interdisciplinary teamwork, communication across disciplines and with the patient and their family is vital to setting the goals that most exactly reflect the patient’s health care needs.

In my experience, I had an opportunity to work with nursing assistant to give bath for a client and a physiotherapist to ambulate a patient who had general weakness during my clinical. As student nurse, I was just following both time and they were coordinating the care we gave to the clients. During both situations, the patient’s out come met because the plan was to give bath for the first patient and ambulating the second one to improve muscle strength. I personally liked both experience because it was good educational event to interact with patients.  


O’Reilly, P., Lee, S. H., O’Sullivan, M., Cullen, W., Kennedy, C., & MacFarlane, A. (2017). Assessing the facilitators and barriers of interdisciplinary team working in primary care using normalisation process theory: An integrative review. PloS one, 12(5), e0177026. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0177026

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