On a global level group work has an important goal within the nursing community. We have a bunch of individuals to lean on when things get tough. We understand how our co-workers tick and how they respond to different situations. Most importantly, we learn how to come to resolutions together to help benefit the patient. I understand why/how group work is so important on the job.
However, I absolutely have had enough group work to last me many years within just the short amount of time this semester has been going thus far.
AggHHH I hate GROUP WORK! We have three classes where we’re paired up into groups of 4-5 for each class. Then we have two clinical days per week where we’re paired into groups of 4 to do assignments on those days too. My calendar is so full (no kidding) that I have meetings with these massive different groups almost all 5 days of the week. Some are before class or during break within class time, or after class. I’m so overwhelmed I can’t think straight.
What’s even more frustrating is the range of personalities to work with, from having to deal with some members who are total micro-managing type A sort of people. To working with others who don’t have a voice, would rather not do any work, and basically you’re holding their hand through it all.
All in all, I’ve been learning how to hold my tongue, and show respect for others. I knew how to do that before I started college, but my craft has been fine-tuned this semester.
I look forward to next semester when things get a little less hairy, and I can focus on applying for nursing jobs.