Bottlenecks and Statistics

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Bottlenecks and Statistics Bottlenecks in processes can and often do exist in any organization and workplace setting, including in nursing settings. The bottlenecks identified in this case are delivery of service, staff buy in, leadership role, and follow through; though these are all problems for learning and development processes in the nursing unit they are not all equal in their prevalence or their effects. In order to effectively manage the different bottlenecks and the potential remedies for these bottlenecks, accurate and meaningful measurements of certain quantitative aspects of the nurse setting and the identified problems must be accomplished. Statistical analysis is one way to accomplish this measurement and assign varying degrees of significance, attention, and resources to the different areas of concern that arise in this case. In this way, statistical analysis can lead directly to practical action meant to improve knowledge and practice in the nursing unit, not simply providing esoteric and or large-scale interpretations of past data. Control limits are a relatively simple tool in operation with rather profound effects on the interpretation of data (Johnson & Bhattacharyya, 2009). Consisting simply of horizontal lines plotted onto a graphical representation of raw or statistically processed data, these limits are arranged to confine a specific area of the data and/or plot and thus restrict analysis to a bulk of the data points or, in some cases, to a
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