Team Nursing was a new concept just when I graduated nursing school
, in 1960. That meant that a patient received their care by many nurses during each shift. One gave meds, another provided treatments, another took care of their hygiene, and everything got done that way, instead of one nurse doing total care. I much prefer doing total care, and when I was a patient, having fewer people lliterally on my case.
Then about 20 years later, I was introduced to a different form of healthcare team work, which included all auxilliary professionals, with the patient being the most important member of the team. The only thing that thwarted that, was the impossibility of having a team meeting.
I still think the patient has to be considered and told that he/she is the most important member of the team! Without them having knowledge about their illness and what will improve their condition, what is going to be done for them, and what goals are in the process of being reached, they're kind of dragged along like a weight. They also may become oppositional, which delays their recovery. Regular daily communication with all members of the team are needed, which can be accomplished in having progress notes made clearly by each discipline, and being read by all members of the team.
In hospitals it also means that all patients are the responsibility of all the nurses and auxilliary professional personnel there. Everyone answers lights, and follows through with what is needed, until it is done. It's like, "one for all, and all for one".