I am in the fortunate position to have been chosen to be part of the management team of a brand new ward. (Assistant nurse unit manager ANUM). The ward is still being painted at the moment but we are aiming to be in by 31st Jan to unpack and set up for 2 days before slowly opening to capacity over 7 days.
This new ward will be surgical and general trauma ( no plastics or orthopaedics). As there are many nurses coming from inside and outside of the hospital there is going to be little cohesion. I am lucky in that I worked with one of the other ANUMS and a CNS on another ward, another one of the ANUMs works around the corner to me and we all help each other out. I am also taking one of the nurses who just finished our Graduate Nurse Program up as well. So I may have a head start over the rest.
Other than the unpacking of equipment and labelling shelves with a Dynamo for what to put where what else can we do to encourage a team attitude??
I really want to take the teamwork attitude from my current ward with me to this new place. We all are extremely busy but will help out and have a laugh with each other.