Nurses’ skills and abilities as group coordinators

Revista da Rede de Enfermagem do Nordeste. 2012;9(1)


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Journal Title: Revista da Rede de Enfermagem do Nordeste

ISSN: 1517-3852 (Print); 2175-6783 (Online)

Publisher: Universidade Federal do Ceará

Society/Institution: Universidade Federal do Ceará

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Nursing

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: Portuguese

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Carla Natalina da Silva Fernandes (Universidade Federal de Goiás)
Denize Bouttelet Munari (Universidade Federal de Goiás)
Sônia Maria Soares (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
Marcelo Medeiros (Universidade Federal de Goiás)


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Coordinating groups is an activity which is more and more frequent for nurses, who must have specific knowledge to reach the proposed aims and take advantage of the potential of the involved people. This is a theoretical research that aims to argue and to reflect about some desirable attributes for nurses as group coordinators, based on Group Dynamics classic literature by Godoy, as well as on contemporary papers published in national and international specialized journals. The article is organized in two moments: in the first one it presents some theoretical basis of the coordination of groups and in the second, the desirable attributes to the coordinator. These elements are presented as tools for nurses in the group conduction with the purpose of achieving care assistance activities, human resources formation or research development. The coordination praxis involves a set of technical and scientific abilities, large knowledge of the interpersonal relationship, self-knowledge, sensitivity and creativity so that the nurses’ performance, in fact, promotes the attendance concerning health.