The dynamic and increasingly complex world of health care often requires nurses to work collaboratively on
interprofessional teams. In the group environment, individuals with unique skills and expertise come together to focus on
a common goal; however, groups must become cohesive before they can become effective.
Your experiences working with groups—whether you perceive them as positive, negative, or neutral—can be used to facilitate
insight and development. Health care, with its focus on interprofessional teamwork and collaboration, offers ample
opportunities and an imperative for continuous learning
•Review the information in this week’s Learning Resources regarding the stages of group formation, problematic roles
individuals play in groups, and strategies for facilitating and •Reflect on various groups with which you have been or are
currently involved. Select one specific group to analyze for the purposes of this Discussion. Identify the purpose or task
that the group is or was meant to perform.
•Consider the four stages of group formation (forming, storming, norming, and performing). How would you describe the
progression between stages? Is there a stage in which you believe your group is or was “stuck”?
•Consider the task or group-building role you normally play in a group setting. How could you apply the information from
the Learning Resources to improve your group participation and facilitation, as well as the functioning of the group as a
•In addition, think about which individuals within your group (including yourself) may fall into problematic roles such as
the Dominator, the Aggressor, or the Blocker. How have you and your group members addressed the enactment of these roles
and its impact on interactions? With information from the Learning Resources in mind, what strategies would you apply now