“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.”
—H. James Harrington
Effective nurse managers recognize the innumerable challenges in contemporary health care organizations—and, they pursue solutions.
As you continue to progress professionally, you will likely discover many opportunities for improvement in your own workplace. For instance, you may notice issues with the performance appraisal system, operational planning, staffing, or patient classification system. Clinical problems such as hourly rounds, medication errors, fall risks, or any other problem you observed are also prime for needing change. As a leader/manager you can contribute toward addressing these challenges to produce positive results and create sustainable change through a structured process of strategic planning.
For this Assignment, you explore one challenge that you would like to see addressed in your organization or one with which you are familiar. You will continue to work on this Assignment over the next several weeks. This Assignment also serves as your Portfolio Assignment.
Read the full Assignment instructions in the Strategic Plan for Change—Overview document, located in this week’s Learning Resources.
Identify a problem that you would like to investigate for this Assignment.