We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t choose your family but you can choose your friends.” I’d like to add to that saying by including, “You can’t choose whom you work with either!”  Nurses sometimes spend more time with the people at work as they do with their friends and family.

In a relationship, what is percentage of shared responsibility for making that relationship work? Most people would say 50-50, or 51-49. Most people are wrong. For a relationship to work, each person must give 100% and expect 0% from the other person if he/she truly wants to build that relationship. It’s called the 100-0 principle. This principle is a popular strategy people use when trying to build collaborative teams. But how does this translate into nursing practice?
Applying the 100-0 principle with your co-workers:
·      Offer to watch patients while he/she takes a lunch break
·      Take monitored patient down for his CT scan
·      Stay late to help with end of shift admission
·      Help a nursing assistant bathe a patient who isn’t yours
·      When buying a bottle of water from the vending machine, get one for your co-worker too
Remember, in all of these examples, the key is NOT to ask for anything in return!  If you truly want better relationships with your co-workers, take 100% responsibility – period.

Providing excellent patient care depends on the ability of different people with different roles to work collaboratively as a team. And working well as a team requires that you build relationships with the people you work with – all of them.  The good, bad and even the ugly!
What strategies do you use to build relationships with your co-workers? I’d love to hear from you.
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