Developing an Evaluation Plan and Disseminating Evidence
There has never been a simple description of the state of nursing workforce shortage in the presence as well as the future state. The discussions that surround the assessment of the issue are complex and interrelated, with the most common situation being that there has never been a unitary solution to the problem. The application of a systems review of the issue has been able to offer the best comprehension as well as depth in the assessment of the relationships that exist between the diverse variables.
Thus, the assessment of the solution is as a result of the growing nurse shortage that is posing a huge threat to the ability of hospitals, long-term care facilities as well as others in the provision of timely access to the quality care. The nurse staffing shortage is the chief contributor to the growing reduction in the number of staffed patients’ beds that are available for services, increase in the cost of accessing care as well as the growing concern on the quality of care. The proposed solution, in this case, involves the assessment of the endemic problem of the nursing shortage that has been resulting in the continued delivery of poor healthcare services to the patient (Huston, 2013). The solution seeks to address the causes of the nurse shortage in a bid to reduce the endemic effects of the shortage, promote the accommodativeness of the workplace environment and thus promote the quality of healthcare services that they were nursing personnel delivers to their clients.
The methods that are to be applied in the assessment of the effectiveness of the proposed solution are going encompass:
- Conducting an assessment of the stakeholder and staff attitudes relating to the workplace attributes that contribute to their contentment before as well as after implementing the solution. The assessment, in this case, will involve the implementation of a survey via the use of Likert scale that will be meant to collect the attitudes that the nursing stakeholders as well as the nurse staff. The survey will assist in mapping the attitudes on the work environment that other than contributing to the turnover of the personnel, make it impossible for these work environments to attract new hires (Garbarino& Holland, 2009).
- The assessment of the solution is additionally going to encompass the assessment of the staff recruitment rates before and after implementing the solution. The attribute is going to involve the comparing the HR records to see the changes that have occurred once the solution has been implemented on the ability of the facilities to attract new staff to cover the shortage they have been encountering (Link &Vonortas, 2013). The assessment of the rates of recruitment before as well as after implementing the solution will be a vital evaluation tool to inform us on whether the solution is effective.
- The fact that the shortage of the nurses has had a direct adverse impact on the quality of healthcare patients’ access will thus involve implementing an assessment of the patients’ admission and discharge surveys before as well as after implementing the change in the facilities. The inadequacy of the nurses that the healthcare facilities have has always implied that the facilities have had inadequate staff to cater for their patients who have been contributing to the deplorable state of health care (Huston, 2013). Thus in conducting admission as well as discharge surveys is going to present a clear picture on whether the solution aimed at solving the shortage has an impact on the quality of care delivery.
The variables that will be critical in the evaluation of the solution that is aimed at resolving the challenge of nursing shortage are going to encompass:
- The perceptions as well as attitudes of the stakeholders involved in the delivery of nursing education as well as the facility personnel. The assessment of the perceptions and attitudes of the personnel involved in the delivery of the nursing education will offer vital information as to why the nursing profession is failing to attract enough candidates to ameliorate the challenge of the shortage. The assessment of the views and attitudes of the nursing staff, on the other hand, will offer vital views on why their counterparts are quitting and pursuing other professions.
- The views and attitudes of the patients on the quality of care they are receiving from the facilities. One of the reasons that there is a lot of clamor surrounding the issue of resolving the problem of the nursing shortage is in a bid to improve the quality of care delivery to the patients. Thus, the assessment of the patient attitudes, as well as perception before as well as after admission, will inform us on whether the solution designed is meeting the objective of enhancing the quality of care delivery.
- The additional variable that will be employed in evaluating the solution will be on the nursing retention strategies an organization employs to ensure they keep their nurses. It follows that the retention of nursing personnel is dependent on how they value or does not value their staff. One of the main causes of the nursing shortage relates to the high nurse personnel turnover which is directly associated with how an organization deals with its employees.
- The last variable will involve conducting an assessment of the available strategies that are being employed by organizations to aid in keeping the aged workforce active as they try to deal with the shortage problem.
In educating the project participants, the project will employ such tools as power point presentations that will describe the current situation, the solutions and what the stakeholders should do. Implementation of road project shows will additionally be a tool to be employed as it allows accessing many participants easily, allowing to address the diverse stakeholders feedback on the spot. Project status meeting will further be employed to offer a regular update of the project, reviewing the issues that the stakeholders would need further clarification (Angel, 2012).
In the evaluation of the project outcomes, the diverse tools to employ will include surveys that will assist in assessing the views and attitudes of the stakeholders before and after the implementation of the solution to assess the progress. Focus groups will additionally be involved in assessing the attitudes of the staff following the launch of the solution. Interviews of the diverse stakeholders will further be a vital tool in the assessment of the project outcomes (Angel, 2012).
The rationale behind the dissemination of the project results will entail raising awareness of, educating the stakeholders, engaging the stakeholders, promoting my solution as well as ensuring that the solution is sustainable. In the disseminating of the project result to the key stakeholders, the strategies that will be employed encompass reports, the organization websites as well as journal articles that other than presenting the results will further help in transmitting information on the project. The additional methods that will be employed in disseminating the results to the key stakeholders will encompass conference presentations, telephone and video conferences as they offer a medium to involve these stakeholders who could be in different locations (Angel, 2012). The dissemination of the importance of project outcomes to the larger nursing community is going to encompass strategies as newsletters, press releases as well as flyers as they offer an excellent platform to reach a huge number of stakeholders fast. Web sites and emails also present a platform to reach the nursing community ad it allows the teams to communicate in diverse modes as video and audio files between the members (Miner & Mine, 2013).
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