Need For Change Within The Surgical Department At Uahn

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The need for change within the Surgical Department at UAHN Working in a large academic healthcare facility, such as University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN), one of the top priorities is the safety of the patient. As a nurse in the operating room (OR) the top priority is being the patients’ advocate which includes monitoring the traffic in and out of the room throughout the surgical procedure. In the operating room the need for supplies at the ready is imperative. All operating rooms within the facility are restocked with supplies on the off shift which in theory readies the room for the next days scheduled procedures, but as in any organization there are times when an unexpected emergency occurs. When these emergencies occur time is…show more content…
SSI’s not only set back our patients, but they also create financial and economic burdens for our facility. Additionally, there are considerable inefficiencies throughout UAHN’s surgical services departments, especially in its handling of inventory and supply chain management. The management of inventory which includes the daily returned inventory from surgical cases creates an excess in labor, indicating our system is non-optimized and costs UAHN approximately $4 million annually. It is for these reasons I believe there is great need for change at the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) moreover these changes can be accomplished on more than one level. We can establish a more efficient workflow at the clinical level as well as at the supply chain management level, doing so will increase the effectiveness and the financial health of the UAHN organization. The Change Model The change model the leadership chooses will prepare the organization for the change process, implement the change, and strives to regain stability as soon as possible (Orlikowski, 1997). The model chosen for this change is Lewin’s three step change model of unfreezing, change, and refreezing, as it is believed to work best in this organization. According to Orlikowski (1997) Lewin’s model allows the organization to prepare for, implement the change, and attempt to regain stability as soon
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