Discussion: Evaluating and Sustaining Change

Change is inevitable. There is no getting around it, but that does not mean change always has to be negative. Society often places a negative connotation to change, but what if the change is for the best? What if change is what sustains growth and encourages improvement?

In nursing practice, change is unavoidable. How should change be evaluated, maintained, and sustained in nursing practice? What role does leadership have in change management? Consider the role of change management in nursing, and reflect on how change management may differ from change leadership.

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For this Discussion, compare change management and change leadership. Reflect on the potential impact of leadership approaches on change, and consider how leadership may influence change in healthcare organizations and nursing practice.
To Prepare:
Review the Learning Resources for this week, and reflect on the mechanisms available to evaluate change in healthcare organizations and nursing practice.
How is change management related to change leadership?
Consider how leadership approaches may contribute to evaluation processes for change management, as well as for the support of sustaining changes in healthcare organizations and nursing practice.
What does it mean to sustain changes in healthcare organizations or nursing practice, and how might leadership support these aims?
Reflect on when you should stop measuring change in an organization, and why.
By Day 3 of Week 11
Post a brief comparison between change management and change leadership. Be specific. Explain how leadership approaches may relate to processes for evaluation of and sustainment of change in a healthcare organization or nursing practice. Then, explain the function of leadership in evaluating, maintaining, and sustaining change. What is the influence of leadership on these aims? Be sure to include a brief explanation of whether you should stop measuring change in an organization, and explain why. Be specific and provide examples.