Building strong teams is a goal that receives much attention from business leaders. What might be a meaningless buzzword in many industries, however, can quite literally be a matter of life and death in health care. Improving teamwork, the ability to function seamlessly with one’s peers, should be one of your top priorities as a healthcare leader. Here’s why teamwork in medical fields is so critical.
Teamwork improves patient care
The growing scope of medical practice (along with near-miraculous advances in treatment capabilities) has forced healthcare workers to become increasingly specialized. While it’s possible to have a strong grasp on several fields, complete mastery of the entire spectrum of medical skills is beyond the abilities of any one person.
When medical workers cooperate as a team, however, patient care improves dramatically. Indeed, when multi-disciplinary teams work together, every metric of patient care shows a significant increase.
Avoiding medical errors
Despite improvements in diagnosing and treatments, medical errors are a contributing factor in hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. In order to decrease and eventually eliminate the chance that medical treatment will cause harm, more rigorous safety standards are needed. In all cases, the number one way to prevent mistakes is to ensure that no part of the treatment plan is in the hands of exclusively one person. When healthcare professionals work as a team, double-check each other’s work, and collaborate when planning care, the vast majority of adverse events can be prevented.
Fostering a better work environment
Healthcare professions regularly top lists of the most stressful jobs. In fact, it would be easy to make a list of stressful medical fields that would outrank other industries by far. Much of this is due to the high stakes and fast pace that are inherent to health care. In a hectic work environment, the difference between success and failure often depends on who you have to rely on. By fostering strong teamwork in your facility, you will create a welcoming environment that allows your employees to thrive.
Teamwork in medical fields promotes continued learning
As veteran healthcare workers continue to retire and leave their fields at record rates, it’s more important than ever that teams should rely on each other’s experience and insight. By organizing your staff into groups that can support each other, share ideas, and learn from each other, you transform the work environment into a continual learning experience.
Effective teams depend on strong members. At HireCare, we specialize in matching highly-qualified medical professionals with facilities that need their skills. With access to the most talented workers in the industry, we are confident that we can meet your facility’s short and long-term needs. To learn more about our staffing services, contact us today.