Critiquing a Change Effort

Critiquing a Change Effort


Critiquinga Change Effort


In anyorganization, change is an inevitable aspect of growth anddevelopment (Burnes, 2014). Most change is either caused by theupscaling of operations or by downsizing departments (Campbell,2014). Consequently, it is critical to devise best methods ofmanaging such necessary changes so as to achieve the statedobjectives (Forsyth, 2012). An organization without change managementexposes itself to failure on multiple levels of functionality.

In my currentorganization, a change occurred concerning the reporting structure ofnurses. All nurses were required to report to the surgical head on aweekly basis. The surgical units had experienced an unexpectedincrease in surgical cases. Therefore, nurses from general wards wereneeded to provide support during surgeries done at the hospital. Asthe nurse leader, this change had a significant impact on my workresponsibilities. For example, I was required to ensure that acertain number of nurses were always available on stand-by if andwhen needed (Gopee &amp Galloway, 2009). In this regard, I modifiedthe scheduling of work plans and nurse shifts. As a result of thischange, the surgical unit was able to improve the rate of successfulsurgeries performed on critically ill patients.

This change wasmanaged successfully owing to several factors. Firstly, the requestfor additional help from general nurses was placed a month ahead ofthe start date. This allowed me enough time to balance out the shiftsand designate nurses on stand-by. Furthermore, nurses in generalwards utilized the one-month to familiarize themselves with varioussurgical procedures. The hospital was able to meet its urgent needfor medical assistance to the surgical unit. However, certain aspectsof the change process could be improved for the sake of futureoperations. For example, the nurses should have received practicaltraining in surgical procedures before getting actual exposure (Fried&amp Johnson, 2002). Additionally, the surgical team should haveincluded graduate observers in the surgical units before conductingmedical operations.


As discussed,change is an evitable part of expansion plans for most organizations.Therefore, it becomes critical to manage such change in a manner thatwill accomplish the set objectives of the organization.


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Gopee, N. &amp Galloway, J. (2009). Leadership and management inhealthcare. Los Angeles, U.S.: SAGE.