REVIEW OF CURRENT HEALTHCARE ISSUES

NURS6053N Interprof Org & Sys Leadership

Module 1 Discussion

 

REVIEW OF CURRENT HEALTHCARE ISSUES

If you were to ask 10 people what they believe to be the most significant issue facing healthcare today, you might get 10 different answers. Escalating costs? Regulation? Technology disruption? Social Determinant such as environment/community, education, access/quality to healthcare?

 

These and many other topics are worthy of discussion. Not surprisingly, much has been said in the research, within the profession, and in the news about these topics. Whether they are issues of finance, quality, workload, or outcomes, there is no shortage of changes to be addressed.

 

In this Discussion, you examine a national healthcare issue and consider how that issue may impact your work setting. You also analyze how your organization has responded to this issue.

 

RESOURCES

 

Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.

 

Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.

 

WEEKLY RESOURCES

 

To Prepare:

 

Review the Resources and select one current national healthcare issue/stressor to focus on.

 

Reflect on the current national healthcare issue/stressor you selected and think about how this issue/stressor may be addressed in your work setting.

 

BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 1

 

Post a description of the national healthcare issue/stressor you selected for analysis, and explain how the healthcare issue/stressor may impact your work setting. Which social determinant(s) most affects this health issue? Then, describe how your health system work setting has responded to the healthcare issue/stressor, including a description of what changes may have been implemented. Be specific and provide examples.

 

BY DAY 6 OF WEEK 1

 

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days who chose a different national healthcare issue/stressor than you selected. Explain how their chosen national healthcare issue/stressor may also impact your work setting and what (if anything) is being done to address the national healthcare issue/stressor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Module 2 Discussion

 

ORGANIZATIONAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES TO SUPPORT HEALTHCARE ISSUES

 

Quite often, nurse leaders are faced with ethical dilemmas, such as those associated with choices between competing needs and limited resources. Resources are finite, and competition for those resources occurs daily in all organizations.

 

For example, the use of 12-hour shifts has been a strategy to retain nurses. However, evidence suggests that as nurses work more hours in a shift, they commit more errors. How do effective leaders find a balance between the needs of the organization and the needs of ensuring quality, effective, and safe patient care?

 

In this Discussion, you will reflect on a national healthcare issue and examine how competing needs may impact the development of polices to address that issue.

 

RESOURCES

 

Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.

 

Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.

 

WEEKLY RESOURCES

 

To Prepare:

 

Review the Resources and think about the national healthcare issue/stressor you previously selected for study in Module 1.

 

Reflect on the competing needs in healthcare delivery as they pertain to the national healthcare issue/stressor you previously examined.

 

BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 3

 

Post an explanation of how competing needs, such as the needs of the workforce, resources, and patients, may impact the development of policy. Then, describe any specific competing needs that may impact the national healthcare issue/stressor you selected. What are the impacts, and how might policy address these competing needs? Be specific and provide examples.

 

BY DAY 6 OF WEEK 3

 

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days by providing additional thoughts about competing needs that may impact your colleagues’ selected issues, or additional ideas for applying policy to address the impacts described.

 

 

 

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Module 3 Discussion

 

DQ1

 

LEADERSHIP THEORIES IN PRACTICE

 

A walk through the Business section of any bookstore or a quick Internet search on the topic will reveal a seemingly endless supply of writings on leadership. Formal research literature is also teeming with volumes on the subject.

 

However, your own observation and experiences may suggest these theories are not always so easily found in practice. Not that the potential isn’t there; current evidence suggests that leadership factors such as emotional intelligence and transformational leadership behaviors, for example, can be highly effective for leading nurses and organizations.

 

Yet, how well are these theories put to practice? In this Discussion, you will examine formal leadership theories. You will compare these theories to behaviors you have observed firsthand and discuss their effectiveness in impacting your organization.

 

RESOURCES

 

Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.

 

Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.

 

WEEKLY RESOURCES

 

 

 

To Prepare:

 

Review the Resources and examine the leadership theories and behaviors introduced.

 

Identify two to three scholarly resources, in addition to this Module’s readings, that evaluate the impact of leadership behaviors in creating healthy work environments.

 

Reflect on the leadership behaviors presented in the three resources that you selected for review.

 

BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 4

 

Post two key insights you had from the scholarly resources you selected. Describe a leader whom you have seen use such behaviors and skills, or a situation where you have seen these behaviors and skills used in practice. Be specific and provide examples. Then, explain to what extent these skills were effective and how their practice impacted the workplace.

 

BY DAY 6 OF WEEK 4

 

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days by explaining how the leadership skills they described may impact your organization or your personal leadership, or by identifying challenges you see in applying the skills described.

 

DQ2

 

YOUR LEADERSHIP PROFILE

 

Do you believe you have the traits to be an effective leader? Perhaps you are already in a supervisory role, but as has been discussed previously, appointment does not guarantee leadership skills.

 

How can you evaluate your own leadership skills and behaviors? You can start by analyzing your performance in specific areas of leadership. In this Discussion, you will complete Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment. This assessment will identify your personal strengths, which have been shown to improve motivation, engagement, and academic self-conference. Through this assessment, you will discover your top five themes—which you can reflect upon and use to leverage your talents for optimal success and examine how the results relate to your leadership traits.

 

RESOURCES

 

Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.

 

Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.

 

WEEKLY RESOURCES

 

To Prepare:

 

Complete the StrengthsFinder assessment instrument, per the instructions found in this Module’s Learning Resources.

 

Please Note: This Assessment will take roughly 30 minutes to complete.

 

Once you have completed your assessment, you will receive your “Top 5 Signature Themes of Talent” on your screen.

 

Click the Download button below Signature Theme Report, and then print and save the report. We also encourage you to select the Apply tab to review action items.

 

NOTE: Please keep your report. You will need your results for future courses. Technical Issues with Gallup:

 

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Reflect on the results of your Assessment, and consider how the results relate to your leadership traits.

 

Download your Signature Theme Report to submit for this Discussion.

 

BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 5

 

Post a brief description of your results from the StrengthsFinder assessment. Then, briefly describe two core values, two strengths, and two characteristics that you would like to strengthen based on the results of your StrengthsFinder assessment. Be specific. Note: Be sure to attach your Signature Theme Report to your Discussion post.

 

BY DAY 6 OF WEEK 5

 

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days by making recommendations for how they might strengthen the leadership behaviors profiled in their StrengthsFinder assessment, or by commenting on lessons to be learned from the results that can be applied to personal leadership philosophies and behaviors.

 

 

 

 

 

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Module 4 Discussion

 

WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT ASSESSMENT

 

How healthy is your workplace?

 

You may think your current organization operates seamlessly, or you may feel it has many issues. You may experience or even observe things that give you pause. Yet, much as you wouldn’t try to determine the health of a patient through mere observation, you should not attempt to gauge the health of your work environment based on observation and opinion. Often, there are issues you perceive as problems that others do not; similarly, issues may run much deeper than leadership recognizes.

 

There are many factors and measures that may impact organizational health. Among these is civility. While an organization can institute policies designed to promote such things as civility, how can it be sure these are managed effectively? In this Discussion, you will examine the use of tools in measuring workplace civility.

 

 

 

RESOURCES

 

Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.

 

Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.

 

WEEKLY RESOURCES

 

To Prepare:

 

Review the Resources and examine the Clark Healthy Workplace Inventory, found on page 20 of Clark (2015).

 

Review and complete the Work Environment Assessment Template in the Resources.

 

BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 7

 

Post a brief description of the results of your Work Environment Assessment. Based on the results, how civil is your workplace? Explain why your workplace is or is not civil. Then, describe a situation where you have experienced incivility in the workplace. How was this addressed? Be specific and provide examples.

 

BY DAY 6 OF WEEK 7

 

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days by sharing ideas for how shortcomings discovered in their evaluations and/or their examples of incivility could have been managed more effectively.

REVIEW OF CURRENT HEALTHCARE ISSUES

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