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What Does Nursing Teamwork Look Like? A Qualitative Study

Kalisch, Beatrice J. PhD, RN, FAAN; Weaver, Sallie J. MS; Salas, Eduardo PhD

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181a001c0

A qualitative study was conducted applying a theoretically based model of teamwork to determine relevant team processes among nurses. Nurses from 5 patient care units participated in focus groups, describing team processes in their daily work. Responses were analyzed in the Salas framework to develop a concrete conceptualization of teamwork within nursing teams. Results support the framework as a means for describing teamwork among nurses.

University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor (Dr Kalisch); and Department of Psychology and Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, Orlando (Ms Weaver and Dr Salas).

Corresponding Author: Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 400 N Ingalls St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (

Accepted for publication: January 18, 2009

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.