Nursing Teamwork: An in-Depth Concept Analysis with Walker & Avant’s Framework

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Khush Bakht
Safiah Mir
Syed Afzal Shah


Background: Nursing teamwork is fundamental for delivering high-quality patient care. Successful teamwork includes communication, collaboration, trust, respect, shared decision-making, accountability, and flexibility among healthcare professionals.

Objective: The purpose of this concept analysis is to clarify and define the concept of teamwork in nursing, providing nurses with a comprehensive understanding to enhance healthcare delivery.

Methods: This study employed a concept analysis using Walker and Avant’s model (1986) to elucidate the significance, characteristics, antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents of teamwork in nursing. Data collection involved a comprehensive literature review of peer-reviewed journals, books, and authoritative online resources. Data were synthesized to identify core themes and patterns related to defining attributes, antecedents, and consequences of teamwork. The ethical considerations were aligned with the Declaration of Helsinki. Data analysis was conducted using SPSS version 25.0, with descriptive statistics summarizing the defining attributes, antecedents, and consequences. Frequencies and percentages were calculated for categorical variables, while means and standard deviations were used for continuous variables.

Results: The analysis identified seven key attributes of effective nursing teamwork: communication, collaboration, trust, respect, shared decision-making, accountability, and flexibility. Antecedents included clear roles and responsibilities, open communication, mutual trust and respect, shared goals, cultural competence, and adequate resources. Positive consequences included improved patient outcomes (e.g., 20% reduction in hospital stays), enhanced patient satisfaction (increased by 30%), increased efficiency (20% faster service delivery), and improved staff satisfaction (25% decrease in burnout rates). Negative consequences of poor teamwork included poor patient outcomes, reduced patient satisfaction, increased healthcare costs (by 15%), and staff burnout. Empirical referents included teamwork assessment tools, patient outcomes, reduced healthcare costs, reduced medical errors (by 10%), and improved quality of care.

Conclusion: Effective teamwork is integral to nursing practice and significantly impacts patient outcomes, staff satisfaction, and healthcare delivery. Fostering communication, collaboration, and mutual respect among healthcare professionals is essential. Education and training, supportive work environments, patient-centered care, and inter-professional collaboration are critical for enhancing teamwork. Healthcare policies should emphasize quality improvement, patient safety, and workforce development to promote effective teamwork in nursing.

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Bakht, K., Mir, S., & Shah, S. A. (2024). Nursing Teamwork: An in-Depth Concept Analysis with Walker & Avant’s Framework. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(2), 1500–1505.
Author Biographies

Khush Bakht, National University of Medical Sciences Rawalpindi Pakistan.

BSN, MSN, MSN Scholar, National University of Medical Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Safiah Mir, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital Islamabad Pakistan.

RN, BScN and MSN scholar, RN Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital Islamabad, Pakistan.

Syed Afzal Shah, Abasyn University Peshawar Pakistan.

Lecturer, BSN, MS Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Abasyn University Peshawar, Pakistan.


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