One New Way to Make Collaboration Skills Stick

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According to a recent study, healthcare workers who undergo team training can lower their medical error rate by 19 percent.

What’s exciting about the principles of medical improv is that most of them could just as easily be rules for respectful communication and collaboration. For instance, “Yes and…” is often considered the “golden rule” of improv, applied improv and medical improv. Basically what it means is that participants agree to say “yes” and build upon what their partner offers while the “and” refers to adding something to the mix.  The “yes” is about accepting while the “and” is about building.  Since participants do both in all interactions, they share responsibility for the story they are creating.

In fact, you cannot participate in an improv activity without practicing and developing your interactive skills! And, amazingly one person can be developing assertiveness while another is developing listening.  In the same activity and in the same moment participants learn together, teach each other, and the relationship part of our complex adaptive system becomes healthier.

Is it time to take a leap of faith and try something innovative and new?  I say, yes, and as the emerging practice of medical improv helps us develop our communication and collaboration skills, the healthier our relationships, teamwork, systems, and outcomes will be.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with HealthLeaders Media about the impact medical improv can have on team training. Click here to read the Q&A.

 

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Beth Boynton

Beth Boynton

Beth Boynton, RN, MS, author of Successful Nurse Communication: Safe Care, Healthy Workplaces, & Rewarding Careers is a speaker and medical improv trainer. More information about her work can be found on her website and she can be contacted at beth@bethboynton.com. Find more of her stories at Confident Voices in Healthcare.


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