As you continue to work on your Practicum Change Project, please remember to address each criteria for success.

As you continue to work on your Practicum Change Project, please remember to address each criteria for success.  Each criteria has significant points.

There are two areas some students struggle with.  One is aligning the change theory to steps of change in the project.  A few students did not indicate an actual change theory in the discussion, so be sure to use a proper theory.  Secondly, the budget is customary to be in dollars.  It is not appropriate to simply say it is included in the budget or there is enough money.  The expenses for the change need to be identified in dollars.

Collaborative and Communication Strategies

You are now in the third week of working on the Practicum Change Project. So far, you have refined your change project and chosen a change theory to organize your approach to the project.

Now, let’s begin work on week 3 of the Practicum Change Project!

This week your instructor has assigned you to seek input on the possible change from stakeholders, attend a multidisciplinary team meeting, and interview a leader from another clinical discipline.

Part I: Observation

Attend a multidisciplinary team meeting. Observe the communication skills used by the team leader and the group process. Consider the following questions as you observe the meeting:

Who served as the team leader? What leadership style did you observe?

How well did the team work together?

Was there group conflict? If so, how was it resolved?

Were there any outcomes from the group meeting?

Did you see evidence-based care or decisions during your observation?

How was nursing involved in the multidisciplinary group?

Part II: Interview

Interview a leader at least one level above your current or immediate past position from another clinical discipline (pharmacy, respiratory, case management, social work, medicine—not nursing). Ask the following questions:

How would you describe your leadership style?

What communication skills do you use?

What conflicts have you had to manage in the last 3 months?

What techniques and strategies do you use to work together to promote multidisciplinary teamwork?

Part III: Discussion

Identify ways in which you collaborated with other professionals regarding your activities.

Think about the stakeholders impacted by the change. How can the change theory you have chosen influence the success of a change project?

How can the multidisciplinary team of leaders impact the change project?

What is the best way to communicate the change within the agency?

Support your response with references from the professional nursing literature.

Post your responses to the Discussion based on the course requirements. Your initial postings must be 250–350 words (not including the full references). Keep your responses succinct. Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources. Other scholarly sources may also be used to support your work. Refer to the APA Publication Manual to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct.

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