Nursing Informatics

What is a wrokgroup? / Reading & Sharing Nursing Informatics

Workgroup in Nursing Informatics

  • a small number of people working together toward a common goal
  • advantage: environment allows for increased insight and creativity
  • disadvantage: sometimes fail because members of the group allow personal conflicts (in terms of personality and work styles) to interfere with the group’s goal.
  • 4 stages in group development:
    1. Forming
      • typically, individuals are quiet and polite to one another
    2. Storming
      • conflicts normally arise
      • effective communications must be occuring
    3. Norming
      • typically, conflicting factions make peace and come together
      • less communications is necessary
    4. Performing
      • begins to really work well
      • communication is free flowing


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