Interdicplinary team enables professional health care to come together and work for the benefit of patients (Gausvik et al, 2015). Conflict is experienced in any work place and there ways in which coflict can be used positively. Conflict ensures that there’s better understanding of the institution’s task, better development of the team and increases the quality in which the group makes decisions and this promotes interdiscplinary teamwork and collaboration (Overton & Lowry, 2013).
Conflict allows for people to have new ideas which contributes to team thinking process positively. These new ideas are shared with the rest of the team and if they are accepted then they are incoporated in the team thinking process. After conflicts, people set boundaries within which they work and this assists in the team thinking process running smoothly and without these boundaries; it’s difficult for the team to work together as people will constantly step on each other’s toes. The Institute of medicine outlines five healthcare competencies which include quality improvement, evidence-based practice, work in interdiscplinary teams, patient centered-care and using informatics (Rubenfeld, 2014).
The three roles I choose are the emotional monitor, the task monitor and the critique. In my nursing practise, the emotional monitor is usually the human resource manager who addresses the human, emotional and personal aspect of all team members. The task monitor is our general manager who ensures smooth running of the hospital by removing task obstacles to team thinking and facilitates team building. The critic is our hospital president who comes in regulary to redefine, reanalyze and reinterprate everything that team members engage in.
The critic role is important because it keeps everyone in the organization in their toes as it reanalyzes and redefine the thinking process thus ensuring it goes on smoothly and ensures that patients get the very best quality care from all team members. Not all members perceive the critic role well as some feel that they are constantly being undermined and often causes conflict with the managerial level of the organization.
I choose the interpreter and the disparity monitor that I shall give examples of from my nursing ptactice. The interpreter are the clinicians and the nurses who usually provides the managerial level with insights on how the rest of the team members perceive the outcome of the thinking process. The disparity monitor from my nursing practice is the head of nursing department who accesses how team members perceive outcomes.
The disparity monitor role is necessary in order for the team thinking process to go smoothly because after assessing how the team members perceive outcome depending on whether its positive or negative, then a solution can be sought in the earlier stages. If the team perceives outcome negatively, that leads to the team thinking process stalling as not all team members are on the same page.
Other members of the team perceive the disparity monitor role very positively because they are able to voice out their opinions and grievances during the assessment process to the head of the nursing department. Any member of the team feeling agrieved takes that moment to air out their problem and when solved, ensures that the team thinking process goes on smoothly.
Gausvik, C., Lautar, A., Miller, L., Pallerla, H., & Schlaudecker, J. (2015). Structured nursing communication on interdisciplinary acute care teams improves perceptions of safety, efficiency, understanding of care plan and teamwork as well as job satisfaction. Journal of multidisciplinary healthcare, 8, 33–37. https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S72623
Overton, A. R., & Lowry, A. C. (2013). Conflict management: difficult conversations with difficult people. Clinics in colon and rectal surgery, 26(4), 259–264. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0033-1356728
Rubenfeld, M. G., & Scheffer, B. (2014). Critical thinking tactics for nurses. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
 Gausvik, C., Lautar, A., Miller, L., Pallerla, H., & Schlaudecker, J. (2015). Structured nursing communication on interdisciplinary acute care teams improves perceptions of safety, efficiency,