Applied Modern Management Theory. Which principles of modern management theory can be applied in a healthcare/related setting? Which do you see in your own work environment? Respond to at least two of your classmates' postings. Complexity Science and Postmodernism in the Healthcare Arena. As CEO of Ashford Medical Center, the Board has authorized you to work with the Medical Director, the Chief of Staff, and Medical Staff in the development of an exciting new program to attempt to meet the medical, health, and nutritional needs of the community for the next ten years. What conflicts might you anticipate as you attempt to adapt a post-modernist/complexity science strategy? Justify your response. Respond to at least two of your classmates' postings. Error Avoidance in Post Modern/Complex Adaptive Systems. Review Exercise 2 on page 80. Each bullet presents a possible health care management error which may have a significantly negative effect on the organization. From your readings this week, describe why each of these may be considered errors. Finally, how might the ideas presented in your reading help you avoid each of these errors? Your assignment must be two- to three pages (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of three- to- five scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources that were published within the last five years, in APA format. Analysis of Power and Politics within Healthcare Organizations. Review Chapter 8 of your course text, including the section on Henry Mintzberg's political games which begins on page 143. The chapter's author has provided a depiction of each political game element as it pertains to health professionals in a health care organization. Identify a professional organization in which you have worked or volunteered (it does not have to be related to health) and describe its members. Evaluate each member as you determine their basis of power within the organization. Identify any political games that you were aware of by members of the staff or any ancillary employees/volunteers. Additionally, identify any political games that you were aware of that were played by the managers, administration, and/or the Board of Directors. If you did not witness or were not aware of any political games at your organization, describe a potential scenario of what a situation could look like for your selected workplace. Give two examples, one for the staff and one for someone in leadership. What were the motivations (or potential motivations) of why the games may have been pursued? Were there (or could there be) any negative impacts on an organization by the occurrence of these games? Give examples of the negative impacts. Respond to at least two of your classmates' posts. Managing Conflict and Interpersonal Relationships. Review the case study presented in the course text at the top of page 151. What organizational strategy would you recommend the CEO utilize to get the organization back on track considering conflict management and interpersonal relationships? Respond to at least two of your classmates' postings. Case Study: Team and Team Processes. In the course text, read the case study on the top of page 133. Write up your responses to the questions at the end of the case. Identify a minimum of three interventions to recommend that address the concerns expressed by Nurse B. Support your recommended interventions with justification/explanation. Your assignment must be two- to three pages (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of four scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources that were published within the last five years from industry-related sources, in APA format Personal Leadership Philosophy. In 300-500 words, write what you believe it means to "lead and manage resources" in healthcare. Respond to at least 2 of your classmates' posts. Effective Communication. In 300-350 words, describe the active listener and how active listening can impact communication between leaders/managers and their employees. Respond to at least 2 of your classmates' posts. Organizational Culture versus Organizational Leadership. In 300-350 words, compare and contrast organizational culture from organizational leadership. Respond to at least 2 of your classmates' posts. Case Study- Decision Making Based on Mission and Vision of an Organization. In the course text, read the case study at the bottom of page 230. Write a three- to- five page paper (excluding title and reference pages) on what could be a mission or vision of the Community Medical Center that would guide the president in his decision about the case of an operating room nurse who may have HIV/AIDS. What could be the decision and how will the decision be communicated to the physicians, employees, to the board, and the public. Your assignment must be formatted according APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of three- to- five scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources, including your course textbook, that were published within the last five years, in APA format Cultural Values and Ethics. Review the Ethical Culture slide presentation and read the case starting on page 251 of the course text. Post responses to following questions: How do culture, values, and ethics enter into this case study? Reflect on the term used in the slide presentation, "Ethical Wisdom." How might the use of ethical wisdom assist in this case study? If you were in a leadership role of this health care organization, how would you have handled this situation compared to the way the hospital's president? Your combined responses to all three questions should be at least three paragraphs. Respond to at least two of your classmates' postings. Organizational Dysfunction. Albert John Dunlap, also known as "Chainsaw Al" and "Rambo in Pinstripes" was hired by the Sunbeam Company, makers of small household appliances, to turn the company around. He was eventually fired by the board having cut thousands of jobs and reducing the company to practically a skeleton. Describe some of the factors that might lead a health care organization toward, as Graber suggests in your text, "a neurotic style" (pg 286). Also, describe how health care organizations should avoid such actions. Clarify/explain why you selected these. Respond to at least two of your classmates' postings Abuses and Unethical Behavior in Health Care. Watch Bad Medicine: The Glaxo Case. Drugs provide society with enormous benefits: they reduce mortality and morbidity, relieve pain and suffering, are less expensive forms of treatment than surgery and hospitalization, and are more readily accessible to a larger portion of the population than are more expensive technologies and have enabled physicians to see more patients with improved treatment outcomes. The U.S. spends over $300 billion drugs annually, and we expect safe and effective drugs. Yet society seems to have a special place for the U.S. Drug Industry, because they do produce these life savings/sustaining products. Yet within the past few years, issues have been raised that question some of these company's ethics and the safety of some of these drugs. Question: Should we treat abuses/unethical behavior in the U.S. drug industry and our entire health care industry differently than we do in the banking industry or auto industry? Why or why not? Please respond to at least two of your classmates' postings. Case Study: Stakeholder Dynamics. In the course text, read the "Business Feels the Consequences of the Uninsured Problem" case on page 273. Type up your response to the box section at the bottom of page 273 (Identification of case issues). Fill in the Review the stakeholder group table in the text on the top of page 274. Based on your responses to the stakeholder group table, type up your responses to the sections in the box found at the bottom of page 274. Summarize the effect of cost, quality, and access. Finally, what is your evaluation of the problem of the uninsured from a stakeholder perspective? Your assignment must be a maximum of five pages (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of five- to- seven scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources that were published within the last five years, in APA format, to support your response/justification. Your assignment must be formatted according APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Changes in Healthcare. In 300-350 words, describe the factors that contribute to unpredictable changes in the healthcare industry. What strategies can be applied to respond to these demands? Respond to at least 2 of your classmates' post. Benefits and Value of Teams. In 300-350 words, discuss the benefits and value of teams to healthcare organizations and to the individual members. Why are teams more effective than individuals? Respond to at least 2 of your classmates' posts. Team Building Trends. In 300-350 words, describe some trends in team building related to health care teams. What activities are done to promote bonding, training, and growth of the team? Respond to at least 2 of your classmates' posts. Learning Healthcare Organizations. Change is the theme of Week 5. Mark Twain is said to have uttered the following about change, "It's not the progress I mind, it's the change I don't like". Utilizing the Ashford library, and other web-based resources, identify two healthcare organizations that have instituted transformational changes to promote/create learning organizations. In a four- to- five page paper (excluding title and reference pages) cover the following points: What were the problems/issues that lead to the change or the needs for change? Who were the various stakeholders involved in the change? What time frame was involved in the change process? What financial resources were allocated for the change? What issues surfaced during the change process? What is/are the outcomes of the change? Are there institutional lessons learned from the change process? Your assignment must be formatted according APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of four-to six scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources that were published within the last five years, in APA format. Physician Leadership Development. Identify at least three challenges faced by physician leaders in their attempts to "lead" physicians toward a common vision of healthcare performance. Support your response and include a minimum of 2 APA references from scholarly sources. Respond to at least two of your classmates' postings. Applied Administrative Leadership. Read the "Bankruptcy of Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation" (HERF) on page 368 of the course text. Select one of the board's practices. Identify and discuss the problems with the practice you have selected. Suggest ways the practice could be modified/changed in order to eliminate the problems you identified. Post your response and respond to at least two of your classmates' postings. Focus of the Final Paper Renfrey Memorial Hospital (RMH) is a 200 bed regional hospital located in the Midwest. It has been in existence for 32 years and was named after a prominent philanthropist in the area, Mr. Gilbert H. Renfrey, who made many financial contributions to projects in and around the community where Renfrey Memorial Hospital is located. The hospital maintains the only 24 hour emergency department in the area, as well as an "extended hours" urgent care clinic. The hospital is encountering a problem with nursing staff retention. Sixty-eight percent of the nursing staff is over the age of 45, and facing retirement. The hospital commissioned a survey that revealed many of the nursing staff finds the work too physically demanding and many are feeling physically exhausted and report emotional burn out as well. Several of the survey respondents report they are stressed to the breaking point caring for aging parents in addition to working at Renfrey. In the past two years, the hospital has seen an exodus of nurses. The hospital has been forced to use temporary pool nurses from an agency. This has driven up personnel costs and also resulted in decreased rankings on patient satisfaction surveys. In addition, the nursing shortage is making it difficult to recruit replacement nurses for the staff who plans on retiring within the next couple of years. Renfrey Memorial Hospital faces significant staffing challenges ahead as it grapples with these issues and the hospital board is very concerned. They know there must be some changes made in order to prevent a major financial and human resources crisis in the future. For your Final Paper, you will create a 10 -15 page proposal for the Renfrey Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. In your proposal, you will: Include an executive summary Research and identify solutions implemented at five other hospitals in the US that were dealing with these same issues (benchmarking). Based on your research, identify two solutions that are the most viable for Renfrey Memorial Hospital to implement within the next two years. Present an analysis of the two solutions that you have selected in terms of at least 5 stakeholder groups involved (e.g. patients, hospital administration, accounting, H.R., marketing, third-party payers, etc.) Who is impacted? What change processes may be required? What fiscal impact would occur? Make a recommendation with detailed justification and research support, on the single solution that you feel is best for RMH. Explain why you feel it is the best and most viable solution given the financial impact, HR issues, interpersonal dynamics of hospital personnel, cultural shift, and change management. To prepare your board proposal, utilize at least 10-12 scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources that were published within the past five years, including a minimum of five from the Ashford University Library databases. All sources must be cited according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.