Joint Topic: COVID/Team and Leadership Perspectives — A Spike in Teamwork: Building Team Cohesiveness During a Pandemic (232-1)

2:15 – 3:15 pm Saturday, October 30

Under normal circumstances, pediatric hematology/oncology nursing is a stressful environment. As COVID forced us to rethink how to care for patients, nurses also had to consider how we care for each other during a crisis that did not have a discernible endpoint.

Maintaining team function during a period of stability is challenging. Strengthening a team during a year of crisis requires intentional tending that supports provider well-being. This session will examine the experience of registered nurses and advanced practice providers in an outpatient oncology clinic setting in the framework of the Team Effectiveness Pyramid. The concept of emotionally intelligent leadership will be explored as it pertains to increasing optimism, initiative, and teamwork during crisis.