We asked our readers: If you could create the perfect interprofessional team, what attributes would you want the members to have?
Here’s what they had to say:
What matters most is leadership. I wish nursing would adapt best leadership practices from the professional business world.
— Pat Kauchick
The ability to listen.
— Linda Tieman
I want to work with people who want to do their job and not those who gossip or worry about who is doing less than they are. If you like your job, everything else will fall into place.
— Nancy Blankenship McLain
Supportive, helpful, competent, intelligent, compassionate, hardworking and imaginative problem-solvers.
— Candice Adams Asroui
The ability to listen and understand.
— Aisha Usman
More able-bodied, common sense-filled human beings.
— Melanie Allen
Humility, teamwork, willingness to do what it takes and patient understanding.
— Christina M. Brazda
Empathy and desire to understand go very far in the nursing profession. Nurses and other collaborative team members should never forget that by sharing knowledge and experience we improve the work environments, work relationships, patient outcomes and ultimately our own reputations.
— Andrea Almeida
The desire to roll up their sleeves and pitch in as well as compassion and empathy.
— Leonila Guitang Comphel
Compassion toward your co-workers, not just your patients.
— Edie Cameto
Self-motivated, good work ethic, team player and a positive attitude.
— Helene Devlin Curran
No cell phones on the floor. Leave them in you locker until lunch or breaks.
— Sharon Meddings Lane
Competent, helpful and funny. Instead of complaining about what’s wrong, recommend solutions.
— Michele Ann Kind
Imagination, caring and curiosity.
— Chrisy Crawford
No bullying and more listening.
— Yaritza Javier
An atmosphere of learning and support. A professional approach with a family touch and a nongossip zone.
— Scott McGill
Empathy, non-judgmental attitudes, honor. Humility to walk with the sick and with each other. Be listeners to truly hear.
— Nandeelie Byrd Smith