Leading A Change : Patient Rounding

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Leading a Change: Patient Rounding Health care is in a constant state of change. Health care organizations must recognize that change is needed to improve the quality and safety of patient care, retain employees, and restructure the organizational chart to maintain their viability. When changes are carefully and deliberately thought through using the knowledge and skill of leaders, this is considered planned change. The change agent plays a major role in the outcome of the change; whether the change is successful or unsuccessful (Marquis & Huston, 2012). The purpose of this paper is to identify a deficiency within a department of a healthcare organization. A description of the planned change to address the deficiency will be discussed and a summary will be provided to show how the change aligns with the organization’s mission, vision, and values of the organization. Lewin’s change theory will be used to guide and outline the plan for implementing the change. The leadership skills and characteristics which are necessary to facilitate the change effort will also be described.
Identified Deficiency
Improving the patient experience in a hospital is one of the priorities indicated by health care leaders. Improved ratings from the patient’s care experience has been associated with nurse leader rounding. Rounding of patients has been described as an evidence-based practice (Morton, Brekhus, Reynolds, & Dykes, 2014). The department of focus is Nursing Administration…
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