Nursing

NURS – 6053N: Interprof Org & Sys Leadership

DISCUSSION #1

Organizational Foundations

As you strive to grow in your leadership skills and abilities, you will find that the context in which you work influences your motivation and areas of focus. In a similar vein, your commitment to developing professionally can contribute toward organizational effectiveness.

To that end, it is critical to recognize the importance of organizational culture and climate. In particular, through this week’s Learning Resources, you may consider several questions: How do an organization’s mission, vision, and values relate to its culture? What is the difference between culture and climate? Moreover, how are culture and climate manifested within the organization?

For this Discussion, you explore the culture and climate of your current organization or one with which you are familiar. You also consider decisions and day-to-day practices and the way they relate to the organization’s mission, vision, and values.

To prepare:

· Review the information related to planning and decision making in health care organizations presented in the textbook, Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing: Theory and Application. Consider how planning and decision making relate to an organization’s mission, vision, and values, as well as its culture and its climate.

· Familiarize yourself with the mission, vision, and values of your organization or one with which you are familiar. Consider how the statements and actions of leaders and others within the organization support or demonstrate the organizational mission, vision, and values. In addition, note any apparent discrepancies between word and deed. Think about how this translates into expectations for direct service providers. Note any data or artifacts that seem to indicate whether behaviors within the organization are congruent with its mission, vision, and values.

· Begin to examine and reflect on the culture and climate of the organization. How do culture and climate differ?

· Why is it important for you, as a master’s-prepared nurse leader, to be cognizant of these matters?

Post a description of your selected organization’s mission, vision, and values. Describe relevant data, or artifacts, words, and actions of leaders and others in the organization that support, or perhaps appear to contradict the organization’s mission, vision, and values statement. In addition, discuss the organization’s culture and its climate, differentiating between the two. Explain why examining these matters is significant to your role as a nurse leader.

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2017). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

· Chapter 1, “Decision Making, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Clinical Reasoning: Requisites for Successful Leadership and Management”

 

Chapter 1 provides information relevant to this week’s Discussion and serves as a foundation for topics explored in future weeks of the course. The authors note that decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, and critical reasoning are integral to both leadership and management and beneficial as one examines leadership and management issues. As you read this chapter, focus primarily on the “Decision Making in Organizations” section.

 

· Chapter 7, “Organizational Planning”

 

This chapter introduces planning and highlights some of the trends that are likely to impact health care organizations now and in the future. It also addresses vision and mission statements, which are essential for guiding planning and decision making in health care settings.

 

· Chapter 12, “Organizational Structure”

 

This chapter addresses organizational culture.

Business Dictionary.com. (2013) Organizational culture: Definition. Retrieved from http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/organizational-culture.html

Nelson, W. A., & Gardent, P. B. (2011). Organizational values statements. Healthcare Executive, 26(2), 56–59.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

 

This article focuses on the impact that organizational values statements have on an organization’s mission. For employees to follow value statements, leaders must effectively model those values day in and day out.

Plath, D. (2013). Organizational processes supporting evidence-based practice. Administration in Social Work, 37(2), 171–188. doi:10.1080/03643107.2012.672946

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Rai, G. S. (2013). Job satisfaction among long-term care staff: Bureaucracy isn’t always bad. Administration in Social Work37(1), 90–99. doi:10.1080/03643107.2012.657750

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Watkins, M. (2013, May). What is organizational culture? Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2013/05/what-is-organizational-culture

 

This site offers several descriptions of organizational culture. These perspectives provide the kind of holistic, nuanced view of organizational culture that is needed by leaders in order to truly understand their organizations—and to have any hope of changing them for the better.

Online Assessments

Note:  Results from the following assessment are required for the course.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS-II). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.keirsey.com/

 

Please complete the online assessment and receive a free mini report. Additionally, more extensive reports are available for purchase and are optional. You should complete the Keirsey Temperament Sorter assessment early in the course so you will be prepared to discuss the results in Week 9.

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012e). Foundations of an organization and organizational assessment. Baltimore, MD: Author.

 

In this week’s media presentation, experts from a diverse group of health care organizations share insights on how an organization’s mission, vision, and values influence its daily practices.

 

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012c). Factors that influence organizational cultures: Coastal Medical Associates, Salisbury, MA. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012d). Factors that influence organizational cultures: Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, CA. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Optional Resources

You may find the following online assessments useful as you proceed through the course:

Appraisal 360. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.appraisal360.co.uk/

HumanMetrics. (n.d.). Jung Typology Test. Retrieved from http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

Leadership-Tools.com. (2012). 360 degree feedback leadership tool. Retrieved from http://www.leadership-tools.com/360-degree-feedback-leadership.html

Union Rescue Mission. (Executive Producer). (2012). Stories from Skid Row [Video file]. Retrieved from http://urm.org/solution/stories-from-skid-row/

DISCUSSION # 2

Transitioning From Closed to Open Systems

How do effective nurse leaders and others approach problem solving and decision making in organizations? As suggested in this week’s Learning Resources, systems theory provides a valuable way to assess situations and prepare to address problems.

For this week’s Discussion, you identify an issue or process that could be improved and apply knowledge and strategies related to systems theory.

To prepare:

· Review the information presented in this week’s Learning Resources on systems theory and the difference between open and closed systems.

· Reflect on the practices and processes with which you are familiar in your organization. Identify one problematic issue or process that could be improved.

· Consider the problem from a closed-system perspective. Then think about how the issue or process you selected could be addressed by viewing it from an open-system perspective. How would the transition from a closed- to an open-system view help you and others to address the problem and improve outcomes?

Post a description of the problem that you identified in your selected organization. Explain the problem from a closed-system perspective. Then, describe how the problem could be addressed by viewing it from an open-system perspective, and explain how this modification would help you and others improve health care outcomes.

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2017). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

· Review Chapter 7, “Organizational Planning”

 

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