ARTICLESNurses' Perceptions of How Rapid Response Teams Affect the Nurse, Team, and SystemWilliams, Dustin J. MSN, RN; Newman, Angela MSN, RN; Jones, Cheryl PhD, RN, FAAN; Woodard, Betty PhD, RNAuthor Information Nursing Informatics Clinical Team, Duke Health Technology Solutions, Durham, North Carolina (Mr Williams); Medical-Surgical Nursing, WakeMed Cary Hospital, Cary, North Carolina (Ms Newman); Health Care Systems, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Dr Jones); Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina (Dr Woodard). Correspondence: Dustin J. Williams, MSN, RN, Box 2718, Durham, NC 27705 (Dustin.Williams@duke.edu). Accepted for publication: December 5, 2010 Journal of Nursing Care Quality: July/September 2011 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 265-272 doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318209f135 Buy Metrics Abstract Rapid response teams (RRTs) continue to be implemented in hospitals to prevent unnecessary cardiac arrests and reduce patient mortality. Although studies suggest that RRTs improve patient care, research is lacking on the perspectives of nurses who use them. This focus group study elicited nurses' experiences with RRTs in a community hospital. Study findings provide insights into why nurses believe RRTs achieve their intended purpose. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.