NURS 6053 Groups Discussion
NURS 6053 Groups Discussion
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
For this Discussion, you focus on strategies for
facilitating the group process.
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 maintaining positive group
collaboration. In particular, review Learning Exercise 19.14 of the course text.
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
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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
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 whole?
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 or going
By Day 3
Post a description of a group with which you have been or
are currently involved. Assess where the group is in terms of the four stages
of group formation. If you are reflecting on a past experience, explain if your
group moved through all four stages. Describe the task or group-building role
you typically play, or played, in this group. Then, explain what strategies
you, as a leader, can apply to better facilitate the group process and address
any problematic individual roles in the group.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.
By Day 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different
days using one or more of the following approaches:
Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings,
synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.
Offer and support an alternative perspective using readings
from the classroom or from your own research in the Walden Library.
Validate an idea with your own experience and additional
Make a suggestion based on additional evidence drawn from
readings or after synthesizing multiple postings.
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