TeamSTEPPS® Fundamentals Course: Module 5
Mutual Support Exercise Sheet
With guidance from your TeamSTEPPS instructor, perform the following script as a demonstration of the concept of Mutual Support.
Two nurses are at the desk during a brief lull in a busy day. They notice another nurse racing busily from the supply area to the gurneys, glancing over at them as she passes.
Nurse #1: "Let's see whether Maureen can use some help."
Nurse #2: "My patient will be back from X-ray in just a few minutes, and I hate to get tied up. Besides, Maureen doesn't usually accept help from anyone."
Nurse #1: "Come with me. I'll show you how it's done."
(Nurse #1 approaches Nurse #3.)
Nurse #1: "Maureen, I can see you're busy. I have about 5 minutes before my patient gets back from X-ray. I can start this IV for you while you tend to your other patient if you like."
Nurse #3: "Thanks. The IV is set up. You just need to start the line."
(Nurse 3 exits.)
Nurse #1: "The key to offering assistance is being clear about how much time you have and what tasks you're able to pick up."
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TeamSTEPPS Fundamentals Course: Module 5. Mutual Support. Team Structure. Mutual Support Exercise Sheet. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/teamsteppstools/instructor/fundamentals/module5/exmutualsupport.htm