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Culture & Groups 22 22 Unread Replies. 25 25 Replies.

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Scenario 1: A colleague from another country has limited English skills and cannot understand the group task. Furthermore, this colleague has a habit of gifting business associates at the end of projects. In her culture, gift-giving is an expected part of business etiquette.
To ensure the group’s success in this scenario, it is critical to consider the cultural differences between the colleague’s home culture and the dominant culture in the workplace. One possible solution to the language barrier would be to provide a translator or language support to the colleague to help them understand the group task. Furthermore, it is critical to establish open communication lines with colleagues so they can express any concerns or misunderstandings they may have.

It has been observed that the interprofessional collaboration between physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team increases the collective awareness of each other's (type of) knowledge and skills. Furthermore, this contributes to the quality of care through the continued improvement in decision-making”( Busari ET AL., 2017) Though I have not held a position in the healthcare field as of yet and I haven’t had much onsite clinical experience, I have still been lucky enough to witness interdisciplinary collaborative care first hand. At the beginning of my nursing journey, our clinical was held at an assisted living facility. In this facility, there was a director of nursing always present, there were us as student nurses and our professor who was the registered nurse, and then there were certified, nursing assistants. There was one day in particular when I had a patient whose health was rapidly declining which required us to collaborate as a team and act fast. In this instance, I initially ran vitals and identified the differences in health trends, and alerted the director that there was an issue. When this came to light, we had a group discussion in which the director decided that it would be best that we get this patient to the hospital. In doing so she coordinated facility care until the paramedics arrived. Myself and my instructor were advised to remain with the patient and assess changes and monitor vitals. The C.N.A was instructed to clean the patient and dress her for transfer. The D.O.N would contact the lead physician who advised that the patient be brought into the hospital based on her current condition and status. The D.O.N then gave a handoff report, notified the family, and assessed the client's chart for pertinent information needed in the transfer. Though I feel that the collaboration was successful and collaborative care was efficient in the current setting, the outcome was not in our favor. We worked well as a team to get the patient to the next facility as rapidly as possible which was a success on our end. As a novice nurse leader, I would do things the same. The only thing that I may have changed is the amount of time it to decide to transition the client from the facility to the hospital setting.
Concerning the habit of gift-giving, it may be beneficial to educate the rest of the group on the cultural significance of gift-giving in the colleague’s culture. They will be able to understand why their colleague is giving gifts and avoid any misunderstandings resulting from this behavior.

One of the criteria that could be established early in the process is to develop clear guidelines for group members’ communication and collaboration. Setting clear expectations for how group members should communicate with one another and how they should share information and collaborate to complete the project could be part of this.


S. McLean (2018). Flat World Knowledge. Exploring Interpersonal Communication v2.0.

W. B. Gudykunst (2005). Effective intergroup communication involves bridging differences—publications from Sage.
Week 4 Discussion: Culture & Groups
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Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Chapter 8, 11
Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook/lesson)
Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, address one (1) of the following:

Scenario 1: A colleague from another country has limited English-speaking skills and does not comprehend the group task. Additionally, this colleague has the habit of giving gifts to business associates at the end of projects. Gift-giving is an expected part of business etiquette in her culture. How do you deal with these issues to ensure the success of the group? What criteria would you set early on in the process? Please reference the textbook and an outside source as you attend to the questions for this scenario.
Scenario 2: Your manager asks you to take on a new project that you think you could take on by yourself. He suggests that you form a task group with 15-20 members, which you think is too much. One of the members he recommends adding to the team is John. This gives you additional concern because you think John has had hidden agendas in the past. Even though you think you can do this on your own, how is a group decision different from an individual decision? How can you convince your manager that a smaller group would be better? How do you deal with John if your manager insists on him being in the group? Please reference the textbook and an outside source as you attend to the questions for this scenario.
Click on the following link for the format you should use for the initial post:

Link: Discussion Template

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer. Respond to one peer who chose a scenario different from the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Writing Requirements
Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside scholarly source)
APA format for in-text citations and list of references
This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:

Link (webpage): Discussion GuidelinesLinks to an external site.
Course Outcomes (CO): 5, 6, 8

McLean, S. (2018). Exploring Interpersonal Communication v2.0. Flat World Knowledge.

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