Review the Meyer article, “Nursing Services Delivery Theory: An Open System Approach,” in this week’s Learning Resources. Focus especially on the information presented in Table 1 (p. 2831) and Figure 2 (p. 2833).
Reflect on your organization or one with which you are familiar. Within a particular department or unit in this organization, identify a problem the staff is encountering.
Using Table 1 in the Meyer article as a guide, analyze the department or unit, identifying inputs, throughput, output, cycles of events, and negative feedback.
Consider whether the problem you have selected relates to input, throughput, output, cycles of events, and/or negative feedback.
Think about how you could address the problem: Consider what a desired outcome would be, then formulate related goals and objectives, and translate those goals into policies and procedures.
Research professional standards that are pertinent to your identified problem.
Reflect on the organization’s mission statement and values. In addition, consider how addressing this problem would uphold the mission and values, while improving the organizational culture and climate.
(Depending on the organization you have selected, you may have explored these in the Week 1 Discussion.)
Write a 3- to 5-page paper that addresses the following:
Describe a department or unit within a health care organization using systems theory terminology. Include a description of inputs, throughput, output, cycles of events, and negative feedback.
Describe the problem you identified within the department or unit using an open- systems approach, and state where the problem exists using the systems theory model (input, throughput, output, cycles of events, or negative feedback).
Based on this information, explain how you would address the problem as follows:
Formulate a desired outcome.
Identify goals and objectives that would facilitate that outcome.
Translate those goals and objectives into policies and procedures for the department or unit.
Describe relevant professional standards.
Explain how your proposed resolution to the problem would uphold the organization’s mission and values and improve the culture and climate.
a description of your
chosen issue and how it affects the delivery of healthcare;
a discussion of the
impact of this issue on the healthcare consumer and the healthcare institution;
a critical analysis of
the issues related to the topic;
proposed solutions for
improving or alleviating the issue, including recommended policy changes; and
a discussion of how the
healthcare administrator or manager can effectively be involved in or impacted
by this issue.
See the more detailed Grading Rubric below.
The length of the final paper should be
approximately 8–10 pages, double-spaced in MS Word 2007 (or later versions,
e.g., MS Word 2010).
The PowerPoint presentation is based upon the
content of the final paper. The student is responsible for developing a
professional presentation that highlights the content of the paper and the
course. The delivery of the presentation should reflect the highest form of
professionalism. The importance of rehearsing the presentation multiple times
in advance cannot be emphasized enough. See the more detailed Grading Rubric
Possible Course Project
Describe and evaluate
the ethical issues involved in Medicare-funded organ transplants.
Assess the intent and
impact of publicity-oriented legal challenges to physician-assisted suicide.
Identify the potential
impact of genetic engineering on the future course of a selected chronic
disease or group of diseases.
Evaluate the changes in
clinical research protocols that have been promoted by AIDS activists, and
identify the potential implications of these changes.
Develop a position paper
on which to base a public policy imposing restrictive criteria upon publicly
funded renal dialysis cases.
effectiveness of society’s delegation of ethical standards and the supervision
of professional conduct to the professions of medicine and nursing.
Assess the medical
profession’s compliance in honoring patients’ living wills and durable powers
Evaluate the relative
merits of the traditional indemnity insurance system versus the managed care
system with regard to quality of care and efficiency.
Assess the pros and cons
of our acceptance of entrepreneurial and for-profit organizational structures
for the provision of healthcare in the United States, with special attention to
the characteristics of access and quality.
Describe the current
healthcare cost milieu and evaluate the need to ration the availability of
effectiveness of the Adverse and Sentinel Events reporting program developed by
the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to
provide a safe, effective, and efficient environment of care.
Analyze the recent
legislation outlining minimum safe staffing standards for healthcare
organizations; suggest follow-up strategies.
Develop a position paper
on the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation for the establishment of a
centralized system for tracking medical errors; suggest follow-up strategies.
Choose one particular
form of complementary medicine and describe an ethical or legal issue regarding
its use in treatment and what it brings to healthcare providers.
Analyze the legal and
ethical impacts that managed care practices have had on quality and access to
NOTE: Other topics related to course content and TCOs will be
considered, but only as approved in advance by your instructor.
The course project is worth 200 points (100
for the final paper and 100 for the presentation) and is due in Week 7. See the
Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date
Introduce the issue.
Define the problem.
Search the literature.
Analyze the problem.
Propose a single