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Is there a perceived tribal culture within the nursing profession?

20 June 2024
Volume 33 · Issue 12

People are naturally tribal and tend to form solid societal connections with specific groups whose members share similar interests. This is not surprising and applies to both personal and professional relationships. It is natural to feel connected to people who share a professional background and have similar goals within the workplace. In the context of nursing, this enriches our experiences and helps us achieve our goals and visions. For many, these will be around innovation and evidence-based practice, with the goal being to enhance the quality and efficiency of care delivery.

The author has been privileged to work with many smart, ambitious and impressive colleagues who have a very strong sense of professional identity. However, as in any profession, conflict and tensions among colleagues can occur when obstruction is perceived as animosity, especially where nurses align closely within certain specialties and with fellow nursing colleagues. Yet tribalism in the nursing profession can also cultivate a supportive network where individuals are encouraged to feel empowered and motivated to establish an environment where colleagues collaborate, share knowledge, and collectively work towards a common goal.

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