A leadership challenge: staff nurse perceptions after an organizational TeamSTEPPS initiative

J Nurs Adm. 2012 Oct;42(10):467-72. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31826a1fc1.


The purpose of this study was to measure RNs' perceptions of teamwork skills and behaviors in their work environment during a multiphase multisite nursing organizational teamwork development initiative. Teamwork is essential for patient safety in healthcare organizations and nursing teams. Organizational development supporting effective teamwork should include a just culture, engaged leadership, and teamwork training. A cross-sectional survey study of bedside RNs was conducted in one 5-hospital healthcare system after a TeamSTEPPS teamwork training initiative. TeamSTEPPS teamwork training related to improved RN perceptions of leadership. Initiatives to align the perspectives and teamwork efforts of leaders and bedside nurses are indicated and should involve charge nurses in the design.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Leadership*
  • Needs Assessment
  • New England
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / standards
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Team / standards
  • Patient Safety*
  • Program Evaluation